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Scarlet O'Hair
16-02-08, 02:05 PM
How does your band structure it's practices-taking the following into consideration...

1) how many practices a week
2) how much time on chanter/stick-pad,
3) how much time is devoted to teaching new tunes and making sure technique is up to par
4) how much time on pipes/drums
5) how often do the pipe and drum sections get together and for how long

Bashful
16-02-08, 05:24 PM
Oh crikey. Now this is going to require me to think here a wee bit...

1. The Grade 4 drum corps is only having practices once a week at the moment, but will shortly be moving to two a week. The mid-section, however, is having an extra practice once every two weeks, as we have 2 new members that need to learn the music and swings, etc.

2. Usually, the first hour or more of practice is spent on practice pads working on the medley/march medley. Most of the time, the mid-section goes off on its own and works on swings and run-downs and such.

3. Cripes, if you know Sandy then you should know the answer to this question...:rotf:

4. It depends. Sometimes we just run through the march medley a few times on our drums on our own, ironing out mistakes and such before joining the pipers.

5. Usually, the last half of practice we work with the pipers on our drums, and, of course, they're on their pipes. It can vary, as it can be half an hour one week; less the next week or longer the next week.

Later,

B

Piperjim
16-02-08, 10:14 PM
Q1 & Q2
Two practices a week from Oct - Feb 2.5 Hrs & 3 Hrs ... All tunes to be learned at home ... 1st hr round table grooving the tunes ... next Half Hour with drummers at table on pads ... Next half hour on pipes (no drones) listening for finger technique ... Last half hour - hour full P & D corp
March sees full day Sunday Practice included for those who can attend.
Q3 new tunes in OCT ... end of DEC sees a review where some tunes are dropped and only those tunes for coming comp season are maintained.
Q4 By late Dec / Jan mostly full corp practice
Q5 By Feb PC work is at a minimum

JJC

vapypr
16-02-08, 11:28 PM
We're doing one practice a week right now. Grade IV: all pipes, tunes are expected to be learned at home. Grade V: 1/2 hour on practice chanter, 1 1/2 hours on pipes, tunes are initially taught and reviewed at band practice. Once the weather starts getting warmer will have two practices a week for at least the Grade IV band. We've also started a pretty strict audition system where players are not to be playing certain sets in public or to some degree in band practice if they have not demonstrated a certain proficiency with the set. We have an hour overlap of band practices with the Grade V band starting first. Once they are finished, players that want to work on the Grade IV stuff are welcome to sit in on practice chanter while we are on pipes. The drum corp is there for the full three hours with students working the first two hours and the last hour the Grade IV drummers are playing with the Grade IV pipes.

Ceilidh
25-05-08, 07:32 AM
Grade 2

1) 1 practice a week. 2 practices about 3 weeks out from the start of the contest season
2) pipers is all on pipes often with only chanters going. except with the issue of new tunes and they will do a couple of weeks on chanter only.(it is expected that you learn tunes at home.)
3) New tunes are regularly issued, learnt at home and played on pipes at practice, music on music stands if needed. For drummers way too regularly, we seem to be always writing.
4) pipers mostly on pipes, drummers 1/2 - 1 hour on pads 1 hour on drums when tunes are all written all on drums.
5) half of the practice every week is spent with pipers.

Learners are before band practice and they get a go on pipes with the band doing massed bands tunes while the band is tuning up.

PMB
25-05-08, 11:19 PM
How does your band structure it's practices-taking the following into consideration...

1) how many practices a week
2) how much time on chanter/stick-pad,
3) how much time is devoted to teaching new tunes and making sure technique is up to par
4) how much time on pipes/drums
5) how often do the pipe and drum sections get together and for how long

1 A "full" practice on Wednesday night and an "optional" practice on Sunday afternoon.
2 Try to spend all of the time on the instruments. When new muxic is given out the Pm or tuitor will play through a couple of times and peopel are expected to learn it at home. If anyone has any issues they are encouraged to get help before band practice (while learners are being taught).
3 Every practice is split between revising (and looking for improvement) in "established tunes, playing new tunes to get them to public listening standard and playing competition music looking for the lastest improvement opprotunity.
4 Pipers will spend most (sometines all of the two hours) on pipes. Drummers seem to split their time about 50/50 between pads and drums.
5 I try to get full band together for at least half the practice during the off season and ALL night during the contest season. Generally on the instruments but with new music where there are eviident intercorps issues we will spend time on pc/pads to ensure that everyone knows what we are aiming for.

As an aside, we are a grade 4 band and I feel we need to play pipes as much as possible because some/many of our pipers do not play a lot away from band practice. We use pipes as pc's on occaisions (drones blocked) to improve specific phrases/movements.

Ceilidh
26-05-08, 12:18 AM
Found this from the New Zealand forum. A tutorial series.

http://www.nzpipebands.org.nz/tutorials.html

Scottish piper
31-05-08, 10:30 PM
Band has one full band practice a week and one chanter only practice a week. We split up in the band practice. Pipers go off to practice on chanters for two hours and drummers practice on their pads.The pipers then have a hour to warm up and tune and then we have an hour to play together.
On the practice chanter only nights, we play for 2 hours.

Bill Adam
02-06-08, 05:05 PM
The pipers then have a hour to warm up and tune and then we have an hour to play together.

An hour for warm up and tuning! Whether we start on practice chanters and move to pipes or start on pipes we warmup together tuning as we play, making adjustments for pitch during the time we are playing. When left to their own to warm up and tune, the tendency was for some to waste time so we decided to control all parts of the rehearsal.

We tune the entire time we play as a group. The husband of one of our pipers comes to rehearsals, so hehas the responsibility to check and adjust drones as we play. This is also his responsibility during the games with me making any final check and adjustments if necessary before going into the circle.

Bobby
02-06-08, 06:29 PM
1) how many practices a week
1 practice per week
2) how much time on chanter/stick-pad,
as much as necessary -winter months about 1 hr - 1.5 hrs.
3) how much time is devoted to teaching new tunes and making
sure technique is up to par
Learn at home - rehearse at band practice.

4) how much time on pipes/drums
2 - 3 hrs
5) how often do the pipe and drum sections get together and for how long

every practice - 2-3 hours.