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Old 03-12-2020, 03:19 AM   #1
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Hello togerher


Anyone here playing the German Bagpipe (Medieval Bagpipe)?

I just started learning to play (I document my current progress on my YouTube channel Meticus) and now I'm looking for some tunes from different regions to not always play the same common medieval tunes everyone plays.


I know the German Bagpipe is quite different and not the common topic of this forum. But maybe someone is also interested in this instrument or has some experience.


So if anybody knows some nice tunes convenient for the German Bagpipe (and not too difficult to play for a beginner) or wants to share experience I would be very pleased


Btw, how well known is the German/Medieval Bagpipe outside Germany, are there non-German communities at all?


Kind regards


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Old 03-14-2020, 07:40 AM   #2
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Hello,

I am in Oregon USA and I play market sack pipe (German medieval pipe) and hummelchen. Write me at abbaforever2001@yahoo.com and we can discuss all I know and my experience. I play medieval pipe from Petr skalicky at Dudy.eu


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Old 03-14-2020, 09:50 AM   #3
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What scale does your bagpipe have? That would help us recommend tunes that fit.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:56 AM   #4
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Hi, thanks for your replies

@Ralph:
Thank you for your Email, I will contact you the next days

@Patrick:
My pipe comprises one ninth:
[ g' | a' | b ' | c'' | d'' | e'' | f#'' | g'' | a'' ]
Additionally I can play an f'' (approximately) via fork-fingering.
I have one single bourdon, it can be switched between a and g.
Most common tunes for such pipes are in A-minor, some in G-major.
Of course I can transpose appropriate tunes in other keys for my pipe
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:34 AM   #5
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If you go to this page, you'll find my collections of various free tune books.

https://www.patrickmclaurin.com/wordpress/?page_id=3243

The ones that should interest you include:

1. Irish Session Tunes for smallpipes in A - the "A Drones*" and "G Drones*" will be of interest to you as the * indicates the use of C natural instead of the smallpipes' normal C#; and you can retune your drone accordingly

2. G major chanter tunebook - all these tunes are in G major, there may be the occasional tune with a C#

I did not compile these collections specifically for beginners, but you may find a few tunes that you can play. They include Irish and Northumbrian music, among others.
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:52 AM   #6
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Hello togerher


Anyone here playing the German Bagpipe (Medieval Bagpipe)?

I just started learning to play (I document my current progress on my YouTube channel Meticus) and now I'm looking for some tunes from different regions to not always play the same common medieval tunes everyone plays.


I know the German Bagpipe is quite different and not the common topic of this forum. But maybe someone is also interested in this instrument or has some experience.


So if anybody knows some nice tunes convenient for the German Bagpipe (and not too difficult to play for a beginner) or wants to share experience I would be very pleased


Btw, how well known is the German/Medieval Bagpipe outside Germany, are there non-German communities at all?


Kind regards


Meticus
Here's a web page with some books of tunes that might be of interest....


https://folkfriends.com/en/50+Melodi...ipe+Band+1.htm


Best wishes,


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Old 03-17-2020, 11:08 PM   #7
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If you go to this page, you'll find my collections of various free tune books
Thank you very much, I will check the A Drones* out. I hope I can find some audio examples of these tunes on YouTube. I'm also still learning how to play from notes, so it would be a lot easier for me to learn the songs and prevent false playing.

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some books of tunes that might be of intereste
Thank you for the link, the book looks very interesting. I had a look, seems there is also an online database available for that book, which probably contains audio examples of the tunes.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:00 PM   #8
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Hi together
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If you go to this page, you'll find my collections of various free tune books.
It took some time, but I finally selected a song of the A Drones* and tried to learn it

Meanwhile the To-Learn-list is growing faster than the Done-list

I picked the hornpipe "Humours of Tullycrine". I like that tune very much.
Here is the result after learning to play the German bagpipe for about 4 months by now.
The notes of my ornaments are not exact the ones in your arrangement and I guess, originally it is played a lot faster, but I'm still learning and so played it a little bit simpler and in a moderat speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSld3vx_OjU


I refered to your homepage in the video description, guess you don't mind?

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Here's a web page with some books of tunes that might be of interest....
I also orderd that 50 melodies book. That and Patrick's sheet music should keep me busy for a while Most seem to be easy to play also for beginners like me

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Did you receive my email? I wrote you a couple of weeks ago

Greetings from Germany,
stay healthy

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Old 05-21-2020, 02:29 PM   #9
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Sounds like great progress to me!
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