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Old 07-08-2015, 02:59 AM   #11
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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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Old 07-08-2015, 05:17 AM   #12
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...and the crisp, loud reed of the GHB makes Low-G based and other decorations embellishments very distinctive, which is much less the case for softer pipes which respond better to a lighter touch.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:14 PM   #13
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In 1998 Anna Murray taught at the Vermont Bellowspipe School. In addition to being a very fine piper, Anna is a native Gaelic speaker/singer. In detail, she demonstrated direct links between Gaelic language/song and specific piping ornaments.

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Old 07-08-2015, 04:28 PM   #14
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I don't suppose there's a podcast or recording of that lecture? I'd be very interested in hearing it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:15 AM   #15
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I don't suppose there's a podcast or recording of that lecture?
Sorry, no recording. There was no one lecture, and the discussion was ongoing throughout the week of classes at the School.

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