Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Pipes and Tunes for Cornish Pipers

 

Pipes for Cornish Pipers
The GHB (Great Highland Bagpipe):   As used by Scottish and Irish pipe bands also Breton bagadou.GHB

The Gaita : Native to Galicia and Asturia in the north of SpainGaita

 

 

The Cornish Pipes :   Reconstruction based on medieval bench end carvings.Cornish Pipes
Skill Required: Moderately difficult to play Reasonable maintenance skills needed  Skill Required: Easier to play with minimal maintenance Skill RequiredModerately 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  FeaturesMellow 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 retail suppliers.   Availability:   Over the counter in Galicia and Asturia a quick search of the internet will locate makers.   AvailabilityNeed to be custom made try:    Julian Goodacre or  Christopher Bayley
 
Cornish Tunes for Cornish Pipers
Arrangements 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 respectively (illustration)
The 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.
The notation for the Gaita used here is in D, a comfortable key for trad musicians. 

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Cornish PipesArr. for Cornish Double chantered pipes GHBArr. for GHB GaitaArr. for Gaita
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Can Dilly Score NWC Delyow Syvy Score NWC Constantine Score NWC
Cold and Raw Score NWC Estren Score NWC Dons an Melynor Score NWC
Cor Elow Score NWC Ewon an Mor Score NWC Falmouth Gig Score NWC
Fer Lyskerys Score NWC Keskerdh Drogwas Score NWC Forty Thieves Score NWC
Gwaryow Crantock Score NWC Morladron Score NWC Helston Furry Score NWC
Gwesyon Score NWC Pencarrow Score NWC Holywell Score NWC
Heva  Score NWC Plethen a Beswar Score NWC Jackson's Claret Score NWC
Heva Vean Score NWC Plethen Newlyn Score NWC Nobodies Score NWC
Hutchens Salterello Score NWC Tom Bawcock's Score NWC Quay Fair Score NWC
Kelyn Score NWC Trelawney Score NWC Thomas Weelke's Score NWC
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