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    Question what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Can Any1 help?
    I need to know what are the scales that folk scottisch bagpipe music is based on

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    Re: what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Much folk music, especially Irish and Scottish, uses scales that predate the modern "major" or "minor" tuning system, using instead the older modal system (think white keys on the piano often with different starting or ending notes other than "C" - the traditional major scale). As traditional folk instruments are often diatonic instead of chromatic (for example: traditional bagpipes and mountain dulcimer) they lend themselves quite well to the use of modes. Two of the more common ones for Irish/Scottish music are Mixolydian Mode (think major scale with a flatted 7th, starting and ending on G), and Aeolian (natural minor, starting and ending on A).

    For your specific question, after doing a bit of checking, the bore of the bagpipe's chanter is described as having a major scale with a flatted seventh, with the result that most bagpipe tunes are written in Mixolydian Mode.

    Jim

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    Re: what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Traditional chanters are in Bb if thats a help.

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    Re: what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Wait a minute Luk, why are you asking? Not more discobagpipes?

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    Re: what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Though possibly not idiomatic, I'd consider experimenting with the Dorian Mode: DEFGABCD, or equivalent (BbDorian=BbCDbEbFGAbBb, Dorian Mode of Bb Major=C Dorian=CDEbFGABbC).

    Small difference from the minor, but always makes a nice option if you're going for a minorish-but-not-too-minorish vibe in folk styles.

    Belbin

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    Re: what are scales for traditional scottisch folk music ??

    Here is a fingering chart for Great Highland Bagpipes. Note that although the music is always written in the A mixolydian scale shown, the instrument sounds a half step higher, in Bb.


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