Saturday, February 27, 2016

International Bagpipe Day 2016

It's the high point in any bagpipers life - March 10th is International Bagpipe Day! I love all my bagpipes so this year I felt that I should treat them all equally. So I had a hunt around and found this lovely little tune.
Vännens Långdans - The Friends Långdans
It's played here on Säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes), Scottish smallpipes and English border pipes. As it's International Bagpipe Day I want to thank the makers of all my pipes too - without the makers we wouldn't have such wonderful instruments to play on!

The melody is on the säckpipa with a D/G chanter, so this means that if you've got a Scottish small D pipe chanter, then that will work if you want to play along. These pipes were made by Alban Faust. I also have säckpipa made by Börs Anders.

The first harmony is played on Scottish smallpipes,  you need a C natural thumb hole and and D drones to make it work perfectly. This is a combined Scottish smallpipe set with D chanter and an A chanter made by Hamish Moore. The A chanter has a C natural thumb hole, a high G# and a high B key.

Finally the third part is taken on the English border pipes in G made by Jon Swayne.

So all that there is to say is Tuta Lungt and enjoy the video! If anyone fancies recording themselves playing the tune on March 10th and sharing it I'd be over the moon!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Polska efter Johan Petter Landholm

I felt it was time for another video. I've got some new mouth blown säckpipa so I really wanted to give them a real burst. I had a few problems with tuning, so I think we've got a way to go before them and me are really working together well, but it's not a bad start!
This is another tune from Småland and it works well on both the Swedish säckpipa and on the Scottish smallpipes - (as long as you have the raised 7th on both, which I do!)
It's a slängpolska and I've played it as a duet on both one after the other. There is a bit of a pitch slide going on in the middle to get both sets of pipes to meet and the nyckelharpa wasn't really that happy, but we all got to the end!