|Pipes for Cornish Pipers
|The GHB (Great Highland Bagpipe):
used by Scottish and Irish pipe bands also Breton bagadou.
The Gaita : Native
to Galicia and Asturia in the north of Spain
|The Cornish Pipes : Reconstruction based on
medieval bench end carvings.
|Skill Required: Moderately difficult to play
Reasonable maintenance skills needed
||Skill Required: Easier to play with minimal
||Skill Required: Moderately
difficult to play and a fairly high level of maintenance skill
needed, especially with reeds.
|Features: A big sound—the ultimate
delivery system for Celtic music !
||Features: Versatile and dynamic with
access to the second octave
||Features: Mellow and distinctive sound.
However convenient other pipes might be these offer a unique
sound for Cornish pipers!
|Availability: Over the counter in Scotland,
Ireland and Brittany, a quick search of the internet will locate
|Availability: Over the counter in Galicia and Asturia a quick
search of the internet will locate makers.
|Availability: Need to be custom made try: Julian Goodacre or
|Cornish Tunes for Cornish Pipers
for the Cornish double chantered pipes asssume the configuration Low D
to G on left chanter and G to High D on right chanter with a
bass drone ( illustration) but as with any custom
instrument, makers and people actually commissioning the pipes may vary
the design. The basic melody line is given with arrangments and left /
right chanters are indicated L / R - Tails up / down
notation for the GHB (Great Highland Bagpipes) follows the convention of writing the music in a
myxolydian scale in A (ie D key signature) although the pipes actually
play in B flat.
notation for the Gaita used here is in D, a
comfortable key for trad musicians.
listen to music click NWC You
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plug in from Noteworthy Composer, it is small and quick to download. It also shows the score and highlights the notes being played!
see the music score click Score , to print this off you will need to set up print for
"landscape". These are Gif files and quite small, if you
need better quality printing it is worth looking at the products and
downloads available on the Noteworthy Composer web site, see links