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Scottish Piper Tunes Played on The Fiddle
Mimic the Bagpipes!
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July 6, 2021 - 11:08 am
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Seems many Scottish tunes were originally known as 'Piper Tunes' - played on the Highland Bagpipes. 

It's easier to learn how to mimic the style of 'Pipes' on the fiddle, when you understand a little about why Bagpipes are played the way they are.  Notes are limited, drones are limited and ornaments are limited.  

Here's a link to the 'Jamie Laval' thread.  He's an outstanding fiddler who is an expert at playing Piper tunes! 

Jamie Laval Thread

West Highland vs. Cape Breton?

Alasdair White is a Scottish, West Highland fiddler.  Here he plays 2 Piper Reels, 'Calder's Rant' and 'Prince of Wales'.  Sheet music for Prince of Wales can be found at thesession.org, but NOT Calder's Rant - I haven't checked the archives, yet. 

Sounds exactly like Cape Breton!

Calder's Rant and Prince of Wales

Now I really like the 'Chanter's Tune (Song)', but the sheet music I've found doesn't get me to sound like a piper. 

I did just find a video that kinda does!  Started this video by Fiddle Robert (Linn Barnes) at a point to cut to the chase, because the beginning is garbage about stringing a Cello like a Fiddle. 🙄 

Watch his ornaments! 

Chanter's Tune



@ABitRusty - 

Do you play this?

...duh, I should've thought of using those trills.  

- Emily


July 6, 2021 - 9:36 pm
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@elcbk said

Do you play this?

I do not.. nice one though... he likah dah reverb too!  

Interesting story on one of the podcast about how in early days of violin, people would play with it positioned like that.  sorry cant quote which podcast/episode.  That history may be common knowledge, if not Im relying on interviewee to be correct..🤔  maybe someone can verify that.

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