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Flat (in pitch)

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Most commonly in bagpipe craft, flat refers to a note being tuned too low in pitch (slightly or significantly). However, a "flat" is also a type of musical symbol (looks like a lower-case b) signifying that a note should be played one semi-tone lower than it would be in its "natural" state. The latter is rarely needed/discussed/required in order to play bagpipe music, so generally the term flat refers exclusively to tuning.

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