Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 1-2: The Scale - Playing the Scale in Quarter Notes
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.
- 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.
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.
Try to perfectly synchronize all fingers, on every note change, to avoid crossing noises.