"Medi-evil" bagpipes

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"Medi-evil" bagpipes

Post  MichaelLoos on Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:02 am

No similarity to any historical instrument from the middle ages intended...
these use french bagpipe fingering (half-closed, almost fully chromatic, second thumb hole), combined with scottish volume, pitched in A, made from hard maple
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No. 1 - the first instrument I ever made, I still play it
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common stock for the drones
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special design for a young customer who is into the gothic-heavy metal stuff,
three drones: A, e/d, a
I'm glad the bass drone doesn't rest on my own shoulder, it IS heavy...
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Post  Yuri on Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:59 pm

By Scottish volume I presume you mean Highland volume, not smallpipe?
The chromatic fingering, do you cross-finger, or half-cover? (Apart from the second fingerhole)
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Post  MichaelLoos on Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:53 am

Oh yes, Highland pipe volume - these things are loud, that's what is required in this scene.
And chromatics by cross-fingering (although half-covering is of course also possible).
I wouldn't call an instrument that has to he half-holed "chromatic", this would mean every tin whistle was a chromatic instrument...
The playable semitones are: Low G/G# by means of a double hole (not on all models), Cnat by second thumbhole, D#, Fnat, Gnat and high A# by crossfingering.
I've tried a double hole for low A/A#, but I found it very uncomfortable to play so I dispensed with it.
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