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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 1-2: The Scale - Playing the Scale in Quarter Notes

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 1-2: The Scale - Playing the Scale in Quarter Notes

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This lesson teaches you the full bagpipe scale. The scale is the single most important thing you will ever learn as a piper, because without notes, you can’t make tunes! Your attention to detail during this lesson will be rewarded as you continue learning the bagpipes.

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  • Play each note accurately
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • No crossing noises (see the       ’s). (See Note 1 from This Lesson)
  • Keep your fingers properly positioned on the chanter. (See Lesson 1-1.2)
  • Play even quarter notes all the way through (one note per foot-tap).
  • Don’t worry about how fast the tempo is; worry about the steadiness of the tempo.



Fingering Chart

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Note 1: Crossing Noises

A crossing noise is any unintended sound that happens during a note-change. They are extremely common when switching between hands, because it is often difficult to coordinate the two hands at once.

In this lesson, the primary crossing noise risk occurs when switching from D to E (the point where we switch hands), and then again on the way back down, from E to D.

From D to E: If the bottom hand switches position before the E finger comes up, there will be an unwanted sound, called a Crossing Noise.

From E to D: If the E finger drops down before the bottom hand gets into position, there will be an unwanted Crossing Noise.

Try to perfectly synchronize all fingers, on every note change, to avoid crossing noises.


Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com


    1. Great question (and thanks for the spelling checck!)

      We don't return to Low G because the Low A is the resolving note of the scale. If you want to go all the back to Low G though, go for it!

  1. My practice chanter sounds about a quarter tone flat when I play along with you. Is it something to do with my embouchure? Or is it my chanter being out of tune somehow? Is there any way I can correct this?