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#391131 - 03/19/06 12:00 AM The Scales fo the bagpipe.  
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I know we have debated this here somewhere but for the life of me, I can't find the post.
I hope this link works as it ws a revelation to me.
Another revelation was the answer to the question as to why I got so many dumb stares from pipers when I asked them anything to do with scales.
I am pretty sure it was stated in the can't find post the drones were B flat.
This article denies that.
The finding of this scale has ben a great thing for me because I have a thing about bagpipes and rock and Roll.
I think they work great together.
My current noise on soundclick is a Post Saint pat's day romp and I used the scales I found in this article to build it, and believe it is as close as I have ever come to getting a bit of a Highland sound going.
Well Saint pat was a Scot you know.
Here's the link.
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~emacpher/pipes/acoustics/pipescale.html
Fingers crossed.
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#391132 - 03/19/06 04:21 AM Re: The Scales fo the bagpipe.  
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I've just given the website a quick glance. I would guess the chanter is set up like a six-hole flute or whistle. The scale of the pipes is mixolydian mode, flatted seventh, which carries over to American mountain music and from there to Bluegrass and Southern Rock. I always thought there were other drone pipes that could be added to the bag to change the key, but this article, on a quick glance, seems to suggest that the pipes are tuned to a slightly sharp A, hence the Bb idea.

I'll read it tomorrow when I have more time and comment. Interesting, as usual, Graham.

All the Best,
Mike

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#391133 - 03/19/06 04:46 AM Re: The Scales fo the bagpipe.  
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Thanks Mike.
Funnily enough, I have used Mixolydian scale a lot when writing Bluegrass, and country rock stuff as I liked the sounds I got.
Probably all those years as a kid playing harp along to my Dad's pipes made the changes sem right for my ears.
I used it in CC Cowboy as I recall.
Chords I used in the latest one were A Bm, C#m flat5, D, Em and Em9, F#m, G and GM7.
I figured using only chords built within the Pipes scale, I couldn't go far wrong.
Thanks Mike.
Graham



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#904492 - 06/20/11 12:27 PM Re: The Scales fo the bagpipe. [Re: Graham Henderson (D)]  
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i have always thought of Mixolydian when i hear bagpipes


Kelly
#904493 - 06/20/11 12:28 PM Re: The Scales fo the bagpipe. [Re: Graham Henderson (D)]  
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i have always thought of Mixolydian when i hear bagpipes


Kelly

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