For the drummers, does this help?

I’ve been thinking about more ways I might contribute to the greater piping (and drumming) community. How useful would a repository of recorded tunes (with rolloff count) be to drummers? I’m not the best player in the world but I’m not THAT terrible. Surely others could contribute also. Record the tunes and post them to a website (this one?) for people to download, like drummers, who could then play along without having to have a piper on retainer. Would that be useful?

Concerning the recordings, I’d have to:

1. get some earplugs going with a metronome ticking away.

2. remember to count the roll off

3. not totally suck

4. perhaps focus the recordings more on the chanter and less on the drones (I’ve been doing it the other way around because drone reeds is a big focus of my blog)

5. play at a tempo useful to drummers (I’m a soloist, our band has no drummers)

6. actually play tunes drummers use in competition

7. what else…..?

All free of course. This post is all about realizing all these things based on my first few attempts at a collection of 2/4 marches where I at least added the roll off count to the beginning, but that’s about it. Tempos probably change a bit (a lot). Any drummers out there care to comment? Thanks!

Here’s my first shot at a bunch of tunes that I sort of know to maybe help somebody:

Angus Campbell’s Farewell to Stirling

Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque

Balmoral Highlanders

Cowal Gathering

Highland Wedding

Mrs. Duncan MacFadyen

The Clan MacColl