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Subject: Re: Solo or Band


Author:
Guinneach
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Date Posted: 04:38:47 03/31/02 Sun
In reply to: Terry Moss 's message, "Solo or Band" on 12:14:30 03/01/02 Fri

In my band, we have a guy who played solo for many years and he was never in a band until he joined us a year ago. Since then, his playing has improved tenfold. May or may not work depending on the individual player, but playing in a solid band will definitely help with your phrasing and embellishments...(you won't believe how differently people play taorluaths until you try to get 15 people playing them dead on together!). I am lucky in that I am a founding member of a band that started in 1995 and is composed of a lot of guys who enjoy each other's company. We spend a lot of time together outside of rehearsal. Most guys I talk to say that their involvement with a band helps their individual performance.

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Neil
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Date Posted: 15:16:37 04/01/02 Mon

>Hello,
>
>I've been playing for about a year now (on the pipes
>alone and practice chanter for 8 months before that).
>I've been moving along fairly well and I spoke to my
>instructor about what to do next, join a band or stay
>solo. He laid out some pros and cons of each but I
>wanted to get more opinions. It seems the only
>benefit of a band is cost of uniforms and other
>things, but he didn't really think staying solo was
>going to hurt me as a piper.
>
>To be honest, I enjoy playing solo so much. Would not
>joining a band hurt my advancement in piping? I have
>a great high grade instructor so I am constantly
>working properly, but are there any advantages to a
>band that I may miss out on? What do you think?
>
>Thanks,
>Terry

BAND ADVANTAGES
Potential for good crack. Forces you to learn new tunes not of your own choosing. Teaches you how to blow a tone (recently an accomplished soloist joined our band. Great fingers, but couldn't get his head round the idea of blowing to a common pitch). Exposes you to people with a wide range of piping experience that you can learn from (no tutor knows everything, no matter how good they are).
BAND DISADVANTAGES
No way round it, politics is the big one. On the other hand if all the normal people leave bands to the egotistical backbiters then things will never improve.
The band I'm currently in was rotten with politicians, but they all left in a huff after one AGM. We kid ourselves that we rebuilt the band without the politics, but I bet we'll all fall out again eventually. It's the artistic temprement don't ya know! >-)
Bottom line: try band piping. If you find that you hate all your nearest bands you can go back to solos without having lost anything, and you might gain some new friends, or at least new tunes.

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