Bagpipe notes and keys

Bagpipe notes and keys

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In this video, Stuart Letford talks about how Tommy Pearston from the College of Piping and co-author of the Highland Bagpipe Tutor, described feelings associated with notes.

Low G - The note of the gathering, the Devil's note
Low A - The piper's note
B - The note of challenge
C - The most musical note
D - The angry note, the note of battle
E - The echoing note
F - The note of love
High G - The note of sorrow or lament
High A - Like Low A, the piper's note

Then there is this excellent series of articles called Teory Top-up from the Bagpipe News web site by Tim Cummings. Perhaps you can find some parallels to the moods in the below series:

Tunes in the key of D-major
Tunes in the key of A-Mixolydian
Tunes in the key of A-Major
Tunes based on a 'gapped' A scale
Tunes in A pentatonic major
Tunes in B-minor
Double Tonic Tunes
Tunes in the Dorian mode
Tunes in G-major
Exotic tunes and tunes that change key


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