Glad to have my instrumental tuition sorted out.
I am gradually buying the old great Scottish collections. I have been trawling through the tune books and I think I've found a good programme and have now discussed this with my teacher. I am going to play all Scottish tunes this year as I will do my Grade 8 LCM Scottish traditional music exam. There is a rule that all tunes must be Scottish and you must play a number of performance pieces as well as have an additional number of sets as repertoire (which are chosen at random by the examiner). They all need to be learned by heart. (I did my Grade 6 last year).
I plan to play one or two of Scott Skinner's tunes. Quite lot of these come across as quite formal or almost as exercises. He was a gifted player with good technique.
But I think he must have had a big sense of humour too. He could not write or play some of his tunes otherwise. I'll be trying tunes in the high positions and flat keys. Borrowed Flowers of Scottish Melody , Henderson from the library (much of The Caledonian Companion is taken from sets in this book) . Its difficult to get.
I'd love to play blues and country too but maybe next year.
9/14/2012 01:53:03 pm
Fiona - enjoying reading your blog. I had never heard of the LCM traditional music exams. Fascinating stuff - looks like a really well thought through idea, and a great thing for you to work towards.
9/15/2012 10:59:32 am
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