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Old 11-13-2017, 12:04 PM   #31
Dan Bell
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Default Re: Brighde Chaimbeul

Originally Posted by Bill Worsfold View Post

Have you been to the Lowland and Border Pipers Society website lately? They have a free access archive of all of their journals except the latest 4. Well, last night I read an article by Mike Katz (Battlefield Band piper) in the December 2012 issue where he explains that all the notes of a bagpipe chanter have to sound good against the drone so some of them (especially C, F and G sound wrong against a tuner (and probably other instruments)
The issue is that most tuners don't do just intonation. Some of the keys that our chanters can play in (eg. A) are also modal (the A-to-A scale on the Scottish chanter is mixolydian, meaning the 7th note (hiG) is flattened). A non-fretted instrument like a fiddle could play exactly in tune with a bagpipe chanter. A piano, for example, cannot.
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