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Or, would we simply do what most performers do and leave the drones in A throughout all 3 tunes, completely ignoring the issue of tonality for Ann MacKechnie’s and Paddy’s Leather Breeches? The second tune is Rowan Tree with a tonal center of A and all scale notes included. They are just a distraction at this stage of your development and make it un listenable for me . Common Stock 17.1 contains an article I wrote on the same topic. This could be very disappointing to me because I am very much for tonality and making things sound in sync. Slow down. B. Robertson, # 116 Windsor Castle, Pipe Major R. Crabb, #152  Leaving Ardtornish, Pipe Major W. Ross, #394  Dark Lowers The Night, Pipe Major J. Mackay, #400  The Heroes Of Vittoria, J. Maclellan, SCOTS GUARDS Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume II, 4th ( Revised) Impression, 1992, Paterson’s Publications Ltd., London, England, # 551 Angus   Mckinnon, Pipe Major D .S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7bmzxDdQHQ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6V8omBBo7w, Some general information The same freedom for drone tuning for Scottish smallpipe drones is achieved by the use of tuning rings. A piper’s setting of "The Star Of The County Down". A haunting tune… ps you will find masses of pipers on the bobdunsire forum….. Can they be tuned to themselves? Small pipes are very forgiving for ‘false’ fingering so do pay special attention to Gams chart above for the fingering . @Robert Gerard A3:   From a musical perspective it would be difficult to argue that tuning one’s drones to match the tonality would not be considered an enhancement. Re: Tuning Drones for Scottish Smallpipes - in D The bottom D is an octave below the thumb-hole at the back, which is top D. The hole covered by your right pinky is a low C natural, an octave below the top hole on the front of the chanter. For Great Highland Bagpipes, the common practice is to tune the drones to (written) A only, regardless of the tonality of the tune. All the detail on keys and scales is truly mind bending for me, but I will try some of the alternative tunings he mentioned. If they are, allow at least ten minutes of playing time before tuning them precisely, because they’ll drift around as they absorb moisture. The clarity, strength, and relative consonance of matching tonalities between tune and drones are unmistakable. The bottom D is an octave below the thumb-hole at the back, which is top D. The hole covered by your right pinky is a low C natural, an octave below the top hole on the front of the chanter. Some pipemakers already provide for this so we know it’s possible. Because of my interest in the wider variety of available tonalities and drone tunings, I play a set of Colin Ross Northumbrian smallpipes in D with a 16-key Northumbrian chanter, and alternately a Scottish smallpipe chanter made for use in the same chanter stock. sorry been away. understandable? For bagpipers, the pull of tonality may or may not be very strong based on each piper’s own personal experience. (Note to self: consult bagpipe diagrams…) Its not something you can attain in weeks or months, its a lifelong process .If you conscientiously practice, follow standard operating procedure you can achieve your primary aims in the shortest possible time, if you deviate and take short cuts you may never get there…This is exactly the same advice I would give a fiddler or guitar player or any instrument for that matter. Every one of us started at the same place your starting and we do not much more than pass on the generosity of those that taught us , well ok, as well as our own experiences at falling into pits and struggling to get out , as the saying goes; what goes around comes around. So for my Small Pipes in "D", I tune the Bass and Baritone drones to the 2nd open hole at the chanter bottom (Low "D")? It is interesting to note that in this instance, drone tuning for the SSP that accommodates the tonality of the tune is considered no less ‘Scottish’ than drone tuning for the GHB. o <— High C (back thumb hole) you can make very fine adjustments and get the reed sitting pretty. Many thanks to my wife Pam for her musical judgment, to my daughter and husband Vivian and David for assistance with proofreading, to Glenn Dreyer for asking me to do this, and to Glenn Dreyer and Nate Blanton for their considerable effort to read and comment on all of these ramblings. s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfjQ—OliI, I am having a bit of fun with the small pipes (Key of D), though I am sure that they are not correctly tuned. I few months or so you will have a better chance of making sense of it. and can give that a try also. I am getting my first ever Scottish Small pipes in three days! if you want the buzz of playing with drones[we all love it ] use a you tube drone, uses no air doesnt wobble in tone and is FUN!! Using the descriptions above:  If the tune contains any C#s then the scale will probably be pentatonic on A because it’s the only one of the 3 that contains C#;  if there no C#s, look for F#s;  If F#s are found, it’s pentatonic on D, otherwise it’s pentatonic on G.  Of course if all notes are present in the scale of the tune (no scale steps missing), it’s more likely to be diatonic rather than pentatonic. Is this correct? In many cases, they will do this, but not if you don’t ask for it. I have to admit that its intimidating as heck to post my feeble efforts on the Shepherd Small pipes but I realize that we need to crawl before we can walk, so thanks again for bearing with me and being so gracious and supportive! tunes…. on its own the chanter tuning is not so essential you have more leeway, you make it easier on youself. A scale is a series of notes moving stepwise from one tonal center to the next of the same name (the interval of an octave, or eight steps apart) . The Pipe Box, 1 Campbell Lane, Hamilton, Scotland ML3 6DB, U.K. Gordon Duncan’s Tunes, 2007, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust, c/o Greentrax Recordings, Cockenzie Business Centre, Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie East Lothian, EH32 OHL, Scotland, U.K. FIRST BOOK, Neil Dickie, 1983, 10th Edition – 2000, Hays Productions Ltd., Marketed by Scott’s Highland Services Ltd., 143 Stronach Cres., London, Ontario N5V 3G5, Canada, Mrs. Gladys MacDonald, Roderick MacDonald, Ann Gray’s Collection,  Music for the Great Highland Bagpipe, 2000, Ann Gray, 6607 Coach Ridge Rd. No drones, as per orders! whether music is either pleasing or unpleasing to the listening ear. My results after a week with them : o <— Low C. Robert,, I dont know any pipers who learn to play with the drones on, get blue tac and stop the ends. This allows for scales on E, F#, and B. It becomes a dilemma whenever the tune does not have A as its tonal center. Once you have one drone in tune, it is a matter of tuning another drone to that one (and the chanter if you like — some people stop the chanter by squeezing the neck). (I am thinking maybe somewhere in you tube?). Your chanter reed needs pulling out till low d and high d are the same. It takes time and practice. Some drones may have long enough tuning pins (the smaller cylinder that the upper part of the drone slides up and down on) to get up a whole tone to B. Also notice that scale steps 1, 3, and 5 outline what we recognize diatonically as a major triad (interval of a major 3rd between steps 1 and 3, a minor 3rd between steps 3 and 5, and a perfect 5th between steps 1 and 5). Ear learning is an essential skill but its not the be all and end all, as much stuff in pipe music is so fast its undecipherable. It may cost a bit more, but if that’s really what you want then it’s worth it to build in the capability from the outset. I was not aware that smallpipes are limited in tuning until I read this. OR i use the above tuner to get the bottom and top D right then check the 5th if thats ok , great , if not I will push the reed in untill the 5th sounds right and tape the high d . then , hopefully the top d will sound right too and bottom D . A bead is just a hole in the side of the drone that can be opened and closed. I so love the melody but do not know it’s name or anything else about it. Highland bagpipers are usually informed, in no uncertain terms, what to do and how to do it by the pipe major. top surface out to the left, bottom in to the right from your point of view. Youd be well advised to make your own reeds if your short of cash . Enjoy and be happy with small rewards., OK, no more drones on my shared clips! If you get stuck, send me a message and I will give you a hand. When you start getting the drones nailed in on top D and A then start thinking about what you are going to do with getting the bottom hand in tune too. I really like the set of pipes that I have picked but they do not have tuning pins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc4ACA1WYcg, Reed selection and tuning — The smallpipe, unlike the GHB, takes next to no training to get the breath pressure for. ~Finely Crafted - Customized Bellows Scottish Smallpipes~ Home. o <—-E We can say it’s a tone or a combination of tones representing a set of structured relationships between a ‘home base’ (tonal center) and the tonal structures (chords, melodies &  harmonies) that surround it. Pipe Major Robert Mathieson “Taking Notes”, Book Three, 1996, ISA Music, 27/29 Carnoustie Place, Glasgow G5 8PH,  Scotland, U.K. This practice for drone tuning represents a complete reversal from the practice of drone tuning for the Great Highland Bagpipes. In the 3 following lines we can see how all three pentatonic scales are available within the present bagpipe scale. Philharmonic, Murray Blair, 1998, Bulk Music Ltd, 9 Watt Road Hillington, Glasgow G52 4RY, Scotland, U.K. (* indicates Major Mode, tonal center of G), Ross’s Farewell To Pangnirtung, Murray Blair, The Radar Racketeer, Adrian Melvin & Murray Blair. I taped the bass drone. The double is next ;, breaking a 1/4 note into 2 x 1/8th notes [long into 2 short notes ]. Practice changes from high D[HD] down to high A, F to High D , G to HD, getting the fingering correct. G X O O OX X X X These tunes can begin to form a common repertoire amongst pipers, or simply a list of suggested tunes for those wondering which tunes to learn next. The plastic reeds needed for mouth blown smallpipes are a compromise but can sound quite sweet, the only way to really improve on it is too convert the pipe to bellows and switch to a cane reed. During a break between sessions I found myself walking along the pitch with that year’s Director, Dugald MacNeill.

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