Most people know that bagpipes are usually made from African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon). However bagpipes have been, and are, made of a variety of materials. Some of them are good, some less so. The question becomes: why is African blackwood used in bagpipes?
A Highland bagpipe chanter reed is what is known as a “double reed.” All double reeds (such as in bassoons, oboes, bagpipes, bombardes) work based on a common principle: the oscillation of an air column maintained by the flow of air over and through the reed.
The doubling may be the most common embellishment in bagpipe music, right after the single gracenote. It accompanies a melody note turning the sound from "ah" to "cha-dah". It adds a rhythmic accent and creates two syllables on a single melody note, hence the term doubling. "But there are three notes in this embellishment," I hear you say.
The Highland bagpipe scale, the notes that can be played on a bagpipe chanter, is made up of 9 notes. The notes are low G, low A, B, C, D, E, F, high G, and high A. The notes of the bagpipe scale as written in sheet music are only representations of notes not the
It's likely that different accomplished pipers will give you different answers to this question. According to Robert Wallace, “piobaireachd is difficult music to play well. It takes a lifetime of study to do so, and to teach and to appreciate in full.”
A 6/8 march is a lively tune written in compound time that is played with a palpable and definite “swing” rhythm. Picture a pipe band marching down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, playing a sprightly 6/8 march, with their kilts swinging to and fro. That’s what we’ll be shooting for as we discuss 6/8’s.