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Old 07-08-2015, 02:59 AM   #11
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Default Re: Anglicisation and the Gaels

Originally Posted by pancelticpiper View Post
it's the bagpipe which has the function of playing the most-ornamented version of the melody.
I had wondered about this in the past, and I think the most plausible explanation is the one I encountered recently in, oddly enough, Grey Larson's giant book on whistle and flute playing.

He makes the simple point that reeded instruments are much, much more responsive than flutes or whistles, or indeed any instrument. Hence you can do detailed, quick ornamentation on the pipes that you just can't do on anything else.
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