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The Lost City of Bagpipe Tonal Quality

The Lost City of Bagpipe Tonal Quality


Today I thought I'd share a little bit about the lost art of bagpipe tone production. We now live in a crazy world of moisture control contraptions, "low maintenance" synthetic bags, drone steadiness enhancers, and goodness knows what else!

Tonal Quality is all about maximizing "harmonics" in our bagpipe sound.
Tonal Quality is all about maximizing "harmonics" in our bagpipe sound.

Notice that all of these contraptions exist either a) to take maintenance shortcuts, or b) to fix common tuning problems (moisture can cause reeds to go out of tune, drone enhances decrease tuning problems associated with unsteady blowing, synthetic bags help us more easily maintain our pipes, etc).

Disclaimer: I definitely think all of these products have a place in the bagpipe world. I use some of them daily in my own set-up. But, what they won't tell you in the product guides, is that almost all of these products will diminish the tonal quality of your instrument if not used properly.

Tonal quality refers to the harmonic "richness" that your bagpipe produces, and we need to become proficient at searching for the best tonal quality possible. This fundamental skill comes after bagpipe maintenance, but BEFORE tuning on the Dojo's bagpipe tree of sound. What's the point of fine-tuning something that doesn't have the richness and overall tonal quality that you desire?

Tonal quality is a big topic, but we break it down into all of its different components at Dojo University, our online piping school.

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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