November through to January have traditionally been myÂ fallow practice months.Â In part,Â because I’ve been fed up with piping and needed time away and,Â part because I know time away from practice is a very good and healthy thing, especially when that practice isÂ regular and intense.Â I’ve alwaysÂ felt better about piping after a goodÂ break.Â That’s got to be a good sign of a good “training” regimen.Â Â I recommend planned time away from piping – or drumming – or any crazy intense pursuit.
When its time to get back to the bags and the piping way of things I’ve always found piping music books a great motivator.Â Flipping through pages and playingÂ eachÂ tune, revisiting old phrases and melodic turns somehow kick-starts my interest.Â Through this MBFA (music book flipping activity) motivation technique I’ve not only reignited interest butÂ haveÂ often learned many gems once over-looked in haste, or through the fingers ofÂ a less-experienced – or different – version of myself.Â I like music books for theirÂ neat and tidyÂ snapshot ofÂ a composer’s way of thinking, his taste,Â his way of seeing his musical worldÂ allÂ in one slim volume.Â Â
There’s a vibe to a good music book and usually a strong thread of brand excellence.Â ConsiderÂ a simpleÂ book/word association:Â
- John Wilson Book 1 & 4-parted jigs
- Donald MacLeod Book 1 & competition strathspeys
- G S McLennan’sÂ Book & big technique
- John MacFadyen Book 2 & 4-parted hornpipesÂ
Anyway, need some motivation, a kick-start, fresh eyes on your piping?Â Grab your chanter and a music book andÂ go crazy.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.