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Thread #102784   Message #2085973
Posted By: Jack Campin
24-Jun-07 - 08:16 PM
Thread Name: bagpipe music question
Subject: RE: bagpipe music question
Leeneia, I think you play the recorder?

If so the best one to use for this stuff is a G alto, since it uses vaguely similar fingerings to a pipe chanter (and you can do all the tunes in the low register with no octave break - pipe chanters don't do octaves and it always sounds unnatural to have a break around the D, as you will have on a D whistle). The Susato Renaissance G alto (basically a low G whistle with recorder fingering) works well on pipe tunes.

If you are playing on your own and don't need to play the stuff in the usual keys a Scottish musician would expect, you can transpose them to get the same effect if you don't have a G alto - for a treble, play a D tune in C, and for a soprano or tenor, play it in G.

I haven't found a contents list for this book on the web. The Simon Fraser is a showy competition band and they do difficult stuff for the sake of it. Don't be surprised if you find some of the tunes nearly impossible.