Solo Online Championships – FAQs

Competition Rules

There are links and buttons which will take you to the rules throughout the entry process but if you want to see them now, click here…

Yes, but try and keep your tuning to a minimum and where possible, record your two events separately and upload as two Events.

If you stop between your March Event and your Strathspey and Reel Event, you should record your two Events on separate recordings, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

It’s entirely up to you, you can stop after your march then start again and play your Strathspey & Reel. You can also retune between your March and your Strathspey. If you do stop, you should record your Strathspey and Reel on a separate recording, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

Whereas you would normally be judged on your appearance as well as your performance, for this competition you will only be judged on your performance, not your dress. So the answer is no, just appear smart!!!

If you don’t have an appropriate audio track of your own, we have identified a track which should be long enough for the Senior Drum Majors. Please download the track by clicking here…

No. This year we have decided not to enforce the wearing of a uniform, even for Drum Majors.

Drum Majors

Whereas you would normally be judged on your appearance as well as your performance, for this competition you will only be judged on your performance, not your dress. So the answer is no, just appear smart!!!

If you don’t have an appropriate audio track of your own, we have identified a track which should be long enough for the Senior Drum Majors. Please download the track by clicking here…

Drumming

No. This year we have decided not to enforce the wearing of a uniform, even for Drum Majors.

Entries

There are links and buttons which will take you to the rules throughout the entry process but if you want to see them now, click here…

If you notice you have entered incorrectly, please contact us as soon as possible to allow us to correct the error, however, all entries are checked for the appropriate age category, if you have entered the incorrect category, we will contact you via email and your entry fees will be refunded for the incorrect portion of your entry.

If you loose your confirmation email with the event upload links, please send a message with your name and chosen event(s) and we will resend. Send your email to competition@shottspipeband.com. Please leave 24 hours before contacting us again about this problem.

If you don’t receive your confirmation email, firstly, check your junk mail. If it’s still not there, wait a few minutes and check again. In the unlikely situation that the email fails to arrive, please send a message with your name and chosen event(s) and we will check and get back to you. Send your email to competition@shottspipeband.com.

Sorry, nothing.

We have to have a cut off some time and due to the volume of entries this year, we just cannot accept any late video uploads.

Please do no not put us in the embarrassing position of having to refuse to accept a late upload, just don’t ask.

Sorry, nothing.

We have to have a cut off some time and due to the volume of entries this year, we just cannot accept any late entries.

Please do no not put us in the embarrassing position of having to refuse to accept a late entry, just don’t ask.,

It’s entirely up to you, you can stop after your march then start again and play your Strathspey & Reel. You can also retune between your March and your Strathspey. If you do stop, you should record your Strathspey and Reel on a separate recording, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

No Problem,

If you did receive a confirmation email with your entry details, simply make a payment to payments@shottspipeband.com using PayPal. Add the competitor Name and the Event(s) you entered in the Notes.

If you did not receive a confirmation email with your entry details, start the entry process again and go through to completion, including the PayPal payment process, as it looks like the process was not successful and we have not received your entry.

NOTE: Please wait for a period of at least 60mins before re-entering in case we are just slow to respond.

Remember, we need to see the whole instrument and cameras should all be situated pointing towards the front of the contestant.

Chanter…we need to see the chanter and your upper body – ideally,  from base of chanter to top of head
Piping…we need to see the whole instrument and your upper body – ideally, from base of chanter to tip of bass drone
Stick & Pad…we need to see the whole pad and your upper body – ideally,  from pad to top of head
Snare…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of head
Tenor…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of your flourishing area. Also make sure all sideways flourishing is captured
Bass…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of your playing zone. Also make sure all arm movements are captured

If in doubt, please video pointing towards the front of the contestant and video the full front profile of the contestant including any flourishing areas.

Drum Majors…The whole of the arena needs to be captured…ideally, by someone walking with the camera at a safe distance from the contestant.

When you registered your entry, you would have received a confirmation email. Contained in the email was a series of links mid-way down the page. Simply select the correct link and follow the instructions to upload your video to our Servers. We will then check the video and forward it to the appropriate judge. Important: Please ensure, if you have entered multiple Events, a separate Video is uploaded for each event.

The Shotts Solo Competition is not associated with any outside body and as such we do not require you to be a member of any organisation.

So in short, anyone can compete by simply registering on-line then submitting their videos.

Payment

No Problem,

If you did receive a confirmation email with your entry details, simply make a payment to payments@shottspipeband.com using PayPal. Add the competitor Name and the Event(s) you entered in the Notes.

If you did not receive a confirmation email with your entry details, start the entry process again and go through to completion, including the PayPal payment process, as it looks like the process was not successful and we have not received your entry.

NOTE: Please wait for a period of at least 60mins before re-entering in case we are just slow to respond.

No. In this years online competition, we have had to restrict payment methods to PayPal.

Piping

Yes, but try and keep your tuning to a minimum and where possible, record your two events separately and upload as two Events.

If you stop between your March Event and your Strathspey and Reel Event, you should record your two Events on separate recordings, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

It’s entirely up to you, you can stop after your march then start again and play your Strathspey & Reel. You can also retune between your March and your Strathspey. If you do stop, you should record your Strathspey and Reel on a separate recording, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

No. This year we have decided not to enforce the wearing of a uniform, even for Drum Majors.

Videos

We ask you to rename your video file as follows ‘Your Name – Event’ (e.g. Joe Bloggs – Event 6). This is to allow us to more easily identify your entries to pass them on to the appropriate Judge(s).

Sorry, nothing.

We have to have a cut off some time and due to the volume of entries this year, we just cannot accept any late video uploads.

Please do no not put us in the embarrassing position of having to refuse to accept a late upload, just don’t ask.

Yes, but try and keep your tuning to a minimum and where possible, record your two events separately and upload as two Events.

If you stop between your March Event and your Strathspey and Reel Event, you should record your two Events on separate recordings, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

It’s entirely up to you, you can stop after your march then start again and play your Strathspey & Reel. You can also retune between your March and your Strathspey. If you do stop, you should record your Strathspey and Reel on a separate recording, then upload your two recordings to the appropriate Events separately.

If you don’t stop, simply upload the same recording to both Events and we will take care of the rest.

We have had some people reporting that they are experiencing difficulty uploading their videos from their phone. Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for this problem. Seems to work for some and not for others. Any problems like this, please use a computer to upload and this should solve the problem.

Sorry this is out-with our control as we use DropBox for the uploads.

Remember, we need to see the whole instrument and cameras should all be situated pointing towards the front of the contestant.

Chanter…we need to see the chanter and your upper body – ideally,  from base of chanter to top of head
Piping…we need to see the whole instrument and your upper body – ideally, from base of chanter to tip of bass drone
Stick & Pad…we need to see the whole pad and your upper body – ideally,  from pad to top of head
Snare…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of head
Tenor…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of your flourishing area. Also make sure all sideways flourishing is captured
Bass…we need to see the whole drum and your upper body – ideally, from base of drum to top of your playing zone. Also make sure all arm movements are captured

If in doubt, please video pointing towards the front of the contestant and video the full front profile of the contestant including any flourishing areas.

Drum Majors…The whole of the arena needs to be captured…ideally, by someone walking with the camera at a safe distance from the contestant.

When you registered your entry, you would have received a confirmation email. Contained in the email was a series of links mid-way down the page. Simply select the correct link and follow the instructions to upload your video to our Servers. We will then check the video and forward it to the appropriate judge. Important: Please ensure, if you have entered multiple Events, a separate Video is uploaded for each event.

No, you need to upload each video separately using the Event Links contained in your Confirmation email.

No, each Event should be recorder separately and should be preceded by the competitor announcing their Name, Event Number and Tunes (where appropriate) clearly before they play.

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