Here is how I look at a contest routine.
Hails- generally 28-40 notes long. I don't count but some judges do. You do two sets of these, followed by a set of two shorter ones generally 10-20 notes. Generally 5/8 to 3/4 of the hails are ringing notes, transitioning down into regular notes. The key is to be powerful, crisp, and smoothe. No slurring, wavering, or missing notes(falling off) is curcial. Volume is not super important as long as you are not overly quiet. Breathes are taken between 1st and 2nd hails, and 2nd hail and the set of two hails.
Greeters- Generally a set of 2-4 hens of different pitches and cadences. Keys here are pitch change( have more than one duck), tone, and difficulty. Generally a breath is taken before the last hen to build a little drama in the routine.
Feed- my biggest spot. This is where routines are made and broken for me. I like a good cut that sounds like ducks that flawlessly transisitions into a clean rolling feed, back into the cut and then into two different hens. Breathe(optional but suggested). Then a cut back into a roll back into a cut.
Step up- two different hens and jump straight into a short ringing hail. The 3rd part should be 10-15 notes and not fall off. No breath in between parts.
Comeback- 3 consecutive mini hails that come halfway down then jump back to the top. Power and smoothness are critical here.
2nd greeter- 2-4 hens of varying pitch and cadence. Generally a breath is taken before the last hen to build drama
2nd feed- same as first except no hens in the middle
Close out- 3 individual quacks separated by about a second each and then a 5-6 note hen.
Do it all in 90 seconds and don't mess up
Last edited by Trevor Shannahan
on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:10 pm, edited 3 times in total.