<h1>With the competition season done, now what are your plans?</h1>
Are you taking your competition results and feedback, and working to improve for next year? Have you decided to take a bit of a rest before starting working towards next year’s competitions? Have you sworn off competing and instead going to find a street band to play with?
My last competition
I haven’t competed in several years. My last piping competition was really to find out if I was really as good as I thought. While I didn’t place, I didn’t expect too either. In fact, the comments and feedback I did receive confirmed, in my mind at least, that I had correctly judged my own level.
My Winter Plan
I have a few strings to my bow, as they say.
I plan to work out a new set list, and then practice and record the sets. First step is to find the wayward Scots Guard books.
Secondly, I have a number of beginner pipers that I am training. Instilling the basics and good habits will remain a priority. Also having them blow pipes, be them my own or their own is right up there. I don’t believe you should play the practice chanter for 2 years before seeing a set of pipes. Lesson four or five is as good a time as any to start blowing drones.
Thirdly, I intend to write some more lessons articles, especially focusing on bagpipe maintenance. Now that competitions are finished, it is a good time to replace bags, break in new reeds, fix cracks and re-hemp joints.