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Bagpipe Master: The basic scale on the practice chanter: Learn to play the bagpipes

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all right welcome to bagpipe master

today we're going to learn how to play a

basic scale show you on the sheet music

show you on the practice chanter the

fingering then just talk about some

issues that often come up so let's go

ahead and get started

g a b c d e f g a g FG d c b a alright

good now that you've seen it on the

sheet music let's take a look on the

actual practice chanter and demonstrate

what it looks like i'm here so going up

that exact same scale i want to start

out on the low g below g all of the

holes should be covered so there's four

holes being covered with the right hand

three on the left hand and actually

underneath on the left hand there is a

place for the yeah a so that's actually

four holes for each hand um

the low g you do that by covering all

the notes so make sure every call is

covered then you move on to the low a by

lifting up the pinkie on the right hand

then lift up the ring finger and the

pinky for the b and then to turn it into

a see you lift up your middle finger and

drop the pinky

moving on to d you lift up your index


keeping your ring and your ring and

middle finger up as well then to move on

to the e you actually have to drop all

of your fingers except for the pinky and

you lift up the ring finger on your left

hand and you want to make sure you do

this at the same

time so if you are playing addy going to

an e you move it simultaneously it would

go back and forth like that then for all

the rest of the notes on the left hand

with your right hand you just keep it

the same you would keep the pinkie up

and moving on to the F you simply lift

up the middle finger moving on to the G

you lift up your index finger and you're

obviously keeping the other fingers up

and then for the a you drop your ring

finger and underneath you lift off your

thumb so with your left hand if you're

playing the high eight you should have

all the fingers off with your left hand

except for your ring finger it is

covering that hole and the entire time

you're doing all these on the left hand

for the upper hand you'll see that the

right hand is staying the same with the

index middle ring covering the holes and

the pinkie lift it up okay alright let's

go ahead and play the scale do it on the

chanter okay here's the basic scale



oh okay good we covered some good ground

we looked at what the bagpipe scale the

basic notes are on the sheet music I

showed you a basic scale on the chanter

how to do the fingering let's talk about

just in closing on this lesson some of

the issues past students have I've

noticed or they brought to my attention

one student asked me the question you

know when I'm playing the notes how high

do I need to lift my fingers and you

know I don't think there's an exact

measurement that you have to be exactly

one inch or notice of that but don't

lift them up too high and don't do it

too little like just you know barely off

the hole you know maybe an inch inch and

a half somewhere around there's good if

you start looking them too high it'll

slow down your piping if you don't do it

enough it'll sound muffled and you won't

get that clean break away from the note

another issue I've noticed especially

people that is their first you know week

or two on the pipes when they go to play

the scale or any note they get these

terrible muffled noises kind of like

this maybe squeaks honks muffled noises

what that's caused by is you're not

covering the holes completely you want

to make sure that all the holes are

covered completely that there's not a

little sliver showing especially on the

left hand simple as that make sure

you're covering the holes last thing I

want to talk about as far as problems or

issues I've noticed is when students are

first learning the chanter especially on

the scale when they're playing up the

scale and they go from the D on the

right lower hand up to the e on the left

hand they'll get these crossing noses

from the D to the e that really takes

away from the music it'll sound

something like this

kind of a duh be little blip in there

you definitely want to avoid that you

want a nice crisp sound from the from

the D up to the e so it should sound

like this

ah make sure it's a very crisp sound

because if you're playing it and you

don't go simultaneously dropping the

three fingers lifting your pinky on the

e at the same time then you'll get that

crossing noise that it's definitely an

issue you want to keep that out so yeah

those are some good ways you can get

started with the basic bagpipe scale and

look forward to sharing more lessons I'm

going to start going through some of the

other exercises and really intention

with this is to build up so we can learn

some awesome songs so look forward to

sharing more with you on bagpipe Master

calm and we'll talk to you later bye