Category: bagpipes

The FEEL of different tune types

Feel of different tune types Also see Strathspeys (4/4) are jumping dances. Extremely pointed. Reels (2/2 or Cut Time) sound like “Alligator, alligator” or “Salt and pepper, salt and pepper.” Reels are “skipping” dances (up and down a line, or around in circles, etc) Jigs (6/8) sound like “Edible elephant, edible elephant.” Also See Playing […]

Mixolydian Scale

mixolydian scale The Bagpipes has a range of nine notes, low G to high A. The bagpipe scale is tuned close to but not exactly on the “concert bb” scale. The traditional (western) scale is tone-tone-semitone-tone-tone-tone-semitone, with the octave divided almost evenly into 12 parts. The Bagpipe scale is an octave (fairly) evenly divided into […]

The Musical Alphabet

The Musical Alphabet Each pitch is named. There are 8 notes in an octave, after which the names repeat. The musical alphabet is notes with the following names: A B C D E F G When we get further into theory talking about Scales, Sharps and Flats, we will also talk about Enharmonic notes (ones that have multiple names).

Care, Cleaning and Storage of the practice chanter

Care, Cleaning and Storage of the Practice Chanter Practice chanters are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Don’t leave them in your vehicle during the hottest days of the summer or coldest days of the winter. Heat will melt the plastic chanters and reeds. Cold will make both plastic and wood chanters brittle allowing them to break […]

How We Learn

When experiencing something, our mind puts the experience, knowledge, etc into short term memory. If we process something three times, the memory becomes stronger. The next time we sleep, those memories are then moved into long term memory. The more often we process something, the stronger the memory becomes. If we process something similar but […]