Re: [Harp-L] harp as bagpipe
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- From: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:35:32 +0000 (UTC)
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Banjo uses a high drone but pipes, as noted, use several, with the lowest definitely being a low note below the melodic range of the chanter.
Part of the allure of the highland pipes is the sound of that low drone, even when it doesn't match the key of the tune. I've heard that A-E-A drone going on behind a tune played in B minor ("Maggie's Pancakes" come to mind), and the mismatch creates what you might think would be a weird disconnect - and it is, sort of. Bharp-lut by the same token, it creates a mysterious, ancient, even hypnotic mood. The itch of woolen clothing, the smell of haggis and the aroma of whiskey help to complete the picture.
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From: Harmonicology [Neil Ashby II] <harmonicology@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 6:36 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] harp as bagpipe
->"oblique motion with variable splits to maintain the drone in the left corner of his mouth while he plays melody out of the right side"
While that technique works somewhat (and has been demonstrated by Howard Levy) the actual "drone" (such as on the banjo) should be some note higher than the melody; attempting to use the lower pitch as the drone often makes the lower note sound like another root-note and muffles the correct root-note. Retuning some notes higher than the melody would provide the correct bagpipe sound. I wrote something about this among my "Harmonica Hints" on Facebook.
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