If you see your judge later in the day, it is alright to say hello to them. If you have a question, ask if they have time - often times they may have other duties that they are on there way to and can’t speak at that time…but I have always found that if they have the time, they are more than glad to answer questions that you may have. But do NOT be confrontational with them - always be respectful. They want you all to succeed.
I personally have played what I thought was outstanding music on a great bagpipe and received nothing. Other times played what I thought was not particularly well and won my event.
Bagpipe competition is very subjective to the judge. I equate it to wine tasting…each judge has their own tastes, preferences and things that they look for. Judging is NEVER personal…ever.
Now, if you have a less the great experience at your first competition - don’t quit competing…you will get better at it…there is nothing like seeing a date circled on the calendar knowing that you need to be prepared to play again for another judge…that alone may help you improve your playing in a very short time!!!
Lastly, while you are at a competition, ALWAYS take some time to listen to the contests in the grades above your current level. Get used to hearing the tunes played better than you can currently play them. This will feed into your improvement faster than you realize.
See you at the Games,