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GAIDA
Macedonia

cylindrical-bore chanter, single-blade reed; one cylindrical-bore drone, single-blade reed



General Comments:

Gaidas of several sorts are found in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania and Albania. It is said that this is the instrument which inspired the famous (well, famous among pipers at least) saying "A wedding without a bagpipe is like a funeral." The gaida flourishes in the region and has always maintained its active place culturally, to an extent not seen elsewhere except in Scotland. The angled "beak" at the end of the chanter, made of horn, is a vestigial reminder of the early hornpipe from which this pipe peobably decended.

Musical Notes:


The scales and key signatures given may be regarded as approximations; bagpipes may deviate from conventional standards in absolute and relative pitch.


The Macedonian Gaida (pronounced guy'-da) being played by Sean Folsom.
Detail showing the cow-horn stock connecting the chanter to the bag.

Many Eastern European bagpipes use cows' horn in various ways - as seen here, or as a trumpet-like bell at the ends of drones and chanters.
Detail showing the tied-off closure of the bag.

Often this structure is invisible, being on the inside of the bag which is turned inside out after being tied.
The chanter and done reeds, just visible protruding from their deep seats. Note the "flea-hole" near the top of the chanter (see "Musical Notes" above and also "flea-hole" in the glossary on this site).The coin is a U.S. quarter-dollar.


Photographs & Text Copyright 1999 - 2002, Oliver Seeler,

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