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Thread #102784   Message #2086422
Posted By: Jack Campin
25-Jun-07 - 10:15 AM
Thread Name: bagpipe music question
Subject: RE: bagpipe music question
"Whistle o'er the lave o't" - whistle over the rest of the verse (rather than pronounce the words out loud). Look up Burns's song, it makes it clear why.

A G flute is not like a G recorder - flutes (and pipe chanters) count the reference pitch as what you get with six fingers down, recorders are named after what you get with all fingers down. The pipe chanter in A and the G alto recorder gives you G with all fingers down. On a G flute you have two overblown notes at the top of the nine-note chanter range, which limits speed and flexibility up there, and you will have to crossfinger the C sharp as 12- 45- or similar, quite unlike anything a piper does.

There are "chanter whistles" made to have exactly the same fingering as a pipe chanter (usually they're pitched in B flat). They still don't let you play pipe tunes exactly as the pipes do - a flute-type instrument can never respond as fast to wide leaps, like those piping gracenote groups that span a fifth or more.