Piper's Rendezvous – Schedule of Events.(Draft)

Friday, September 27th, 2019

4:00 p.m onwards - Access available to accommodation and orientation.

8:00 pm-11:00 pm: Pipers welcome and play around with snacks and drinks. A “Show & Tell” Introduction followed by Session

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

7.30 - 9:30 am: Breakfast

10:00-12:00 am: Class 1 – see below for details Class 2 – see below for details

12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch
Private lessons available.

2:00 - 5:00 pm: Class 3 – see below for details, Class 4 – see below for details

5:00-6:00 pm: Discussions & Tutorials

6:00-8:00 pm: Dinner

8:00-10:30 pm: Illustrated Talk about Scottish Music in Cape Breton “ Sing it like you play it” by Barry Shears - open to public by prior reservation. Followed by Session until late.

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

7.30 – 9.30am Breakfast (vacate rooms by 11.00am unless staying another day)

10:00-12:00 am: Class 5 – see below for details, Class 6 – see below for details

12:00-2:00 pm:Lunch Private lessons available

2:00-5:00 pm: Concert of tutors and participants - open to public by prior reservation

Classes

Class 1 – Saturday 10 -11 AM (The classes will be in one hour sessions with breaks)

The Foundations of Good Bagpiping (1 hour) (Gordon Mooney)

  • The cornerstones of good piping, comfortable playing, adjusting the instrument, good posture, bellows technique, tuning, rhythm. Reading music and the importance of written music. Good practice from the performers perspective. Grace notes for articulation and ornamentation, learning by ear, learning from music and long term strategy for improving. The aim of the weekend will be to have everyone perform together on Sunday afternoon both individually and as duets, group etc. according to ability.

  • The Lowland and Border Piping Tunes – old and new
    Hornpipes, Rants, Reels and Jigs – printed music will be sent out in August and we will work on some of these tunes for arrangement and performance on Sunday afternoon.

  • The whistle - A discussion and demonstration (Gordon, Nancy Lyon,)

Class 2 - Saturday 11 - 12 AM

  • Cape Breton & Scottish music (Barry Shears/Gordon Mooney)

Class 3 – Saturday 2 - 3.30 PM

  • The Lowland and Border Piping Tunes – old and new (continued )
    Hornpipes, Rants, Reels and Jigs – we will work on some of these for arrangement and performance on Sunday and will include mastering the Slow Air for pipes and playing pipes and other instruments together in harmony.

Class 4 - Saturday 3.30 - 5 PM

  • Scottish and Cape Breton Repertoire : Aimed at newer players, this class will give you some interesting pieces that fit well on the pipes to add to your repertoire.

  • Advanced Tunes and Techniques for SSP and Border Pipes

Class 5 – Sunday 10 - 11 AM

The Lowland and Border Piping Tunes – old and new (continued)
Hornpipes, Rants, Reels and Jigs – we will continue to work on these for arrangement and performance on Sunday afternoon.

Class 6 – Sunday 11 – 12 am

Some Practical Music Theory
Techniques to get better at tuning, reading, harmony writing, and adapting tunes to fit Scottish bagpipes

Some Quebec and French Repertoire

Sunday 2pm to 5pm Concert of Teachers and Attendees.


Note: Smallpipes/Borderpipe classes are open to mouth-blown smallpipes or reel pipes if they have the correct bore and are tuned in A. Less skilled players are welcome to listen in all classes to master what they can and record the rest for future work.

Lessons: Teachers will allow time for up to 4 half hour private lessons during the weekend (schedule has breaks to accommodate this). These will be on a first-come, first-served basis to students, who will pay their teacher directly ($35/half hour lesson) at the lesson.

The schedule is a draft and subject to change.