Bagpipe FAQ : There is more than one kind of bagpipe? : Great Highland Bagpipe (GHB) :
What is the scale of the GHB?
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|The chanter plays a nine note scale from low G to high A. The intervals differ from the standard western (diatonic) scale so that all notes sound good against the drones. The tenor drones sound an octave below the low A and the bass drone is an octave below the tenor drones. The absolute pitch can vary over a substantial range. Today, the low A on most instruments falls between 466 Hz and 478 Hz. Thus low A is a bit sharper than B-flat on the standard A=440 Hz scale.
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|I can play the practice chanter better if I finger the notes like I do on a tin whistle. That's O.K., isn't it?
|What keys can a GHB play?