Anybody here know about bagpipes?

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    Just curious... can they be played in any key or are they like harmonicas?
     
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    It has a range from one whole tone lower than the tonic to one octave above it. The drones are tuned to this tonic note, called A (specifically A4). The nine notes of the chanter scale are "low G, low A, B, C (sounds as a C♯), D, E, F (sounds as a F♯), high G, and high A"... tuned to 466!
     
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    466Hz? Do you really can’t play them with anything else?

    Must be why I never see them at bluegrass festivals
     
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    They are the missing link between Noise and Music.
     
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    Hey, Long Way to the Top if You Want to Rock and Roll by ACDC, those pipes make the song special for sure, and sound in tune,
     
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    I know that I don’t want to be around anyone who is a beginner when they’re practicing.
     
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    I love bagpipes....don't know anything about them, but I want to learn. Maybe due to my forebears from Scotland, but I hope to have a piper play at my funeral.(and NOT as revenge on my survivors.. ;))
     
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    Got a wee bit ah Scot as well.

    Very strange instrument. Originally designed to flush-out Birds and Varmints.

    From what I have been told, the circles that actually teach you how to make Music on them take a while to get in with.
    Best of luck.
     
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    Well, maybe not with bluegrass, but this guy could sub in for one of the Young brothers in AC/DC!
     
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    Off topic but: What if Leo Fender had decided to make the first Production Bag-Pipe?
    Would he have called it a Scotocaster?
     
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    I think you'll need a soundproof garage to practice in...:D

    remember this tune?...

     
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    The reason Scotch whiskey was invented.
     
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    Q: Why do bagpipers walk when they play?

    A: To get away from the sound.
     
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    This is all I know about bagpipes



     
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    I bought the chanter and lesson book when I joined the Shriners. I really wanted to be in their marching band.
    It is so foreign to guitar and even the trumpet I played in school that it never went anywhere.
    Even painting half my face blue didn't help.

    Yes, bagpipes go with drums but I think that's about it.
     
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    To answer things as I see them to be asked, all bagpipes that I know of are indeed diatonic, and I've never heard of a fully chromatic bagpipe in existence.

    I've played uilleann pipes for close to 20 years now (nearly all are made in the key of D, with "flat" sets made in C and B), and although the bellows-driven dry reed means you can play a full 2 octaves (a few more notes that Great Highland Pipes, for reference), the addition of keys to the chanter also means you can do flat 7ths etc, for playing in keys that are nearby on the circle of fifths. However, it takes some serious finger dancing to navigate things with as ease as one can do when playing on the instrument's tonic key.
     
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    The Irish pipes are generally in D, and tuned now to 440. Sometimes Eb. They have to be in one key, more or less, because of the drones. The irish pipes have "regulators" and can play chords, but it's hard to get out of the home key and its relative minor.

    I've been teaching myself the six hole "irish flute" and the tin whistle, which are both diatonic instruments (one key) but there are a bunch of ways to play in other keys by using "forked fingerings" (basically sort of odd and illogical fingerings) and half-holing so the note comes in a half step higher. The pipes are less flexible because of the drones
     
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    I missed this--it came just after my post. I've never tried a set of uileann pipes and would love to. Those things are pricey though. Also a torment to the learner's family
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    It's actually an interesting question why bagpipes, which are common in the british isles and ireland, and common in europe, don't make it into bluegrass. The Appalachian dulcimer is diatonic and has drones, so maybe it's where the bagpipe went?

    There are actually MANY different kinds of bagpipes and pretty much every European culture has its own pipes--greek, Spanish, french, turkish, scottish, english, Irish etc.
     
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