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LOWLAND SCOTS'
or
NORTHUMBRIAN HALF-LONG

English-Scottish Border
conical bore chanter with double-blade reed; three drones with single-blade reeds



General Comments:

This is one of the most charming and versatile bagpipes of the British Isles. Of moderate volume and rich tone, it is at home both indoors and out. Its sound has been likened to that of a distant Great Highland pipe, and it has perhaps half the volume of that instrument (due to the narrow bores and bellows operation). It is sometimes played together with other instruments, notably the violin.

Musical Notes:


Unlike the Great Highland pipe, in which the two smaller drones are duplicates of one another, the three drones of the Lowland pipe produce three separate notes.


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


The Lowland Scots' bagpipe being played by Sean Folsom. The pipe is also often played while sitting down.
Detail view of the drones emerging from their common stock.

This arrangement is very similar to that of the two Northumbrian Smallpipes in the collection (pipes nos. 5 & 18).
The bellows.

Bellows are apparently a fairly modern innovation among bagpipes, as they are lacking in early depictions.
Seen here is the chanter heard on the album, in the key of A, made by Michael Hubert of Comptche, California along with another chanter in the key of B-flat that is in fact original to the set. The drone reeds, not pictured here, are of the conventional single blade cane variety.


Photographs & Text Copyright 1999 - 2002, Oliver Seeler,

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