The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #38187   Message #2605913
Posted By: Jack Campin
06-Apr-09 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: Pipe Chanter and whistle ?
Subject: RE: Pipe Chanter and whistle ?
If you are trying to both play in the same key everybody else uses and with something like the standard ornamentation, it helps to have an instrument in which notes finger in similar ways.

I very much doubt you managed to retain normal Irish ornamentation when doing a tune for the D uillean pipes at the same pitch on a B flat tenor sax.

Doing Highland pipe tunes on a D whistle changes the sound a lot - playing across the octave break means the high notes are much louder, whereas on the pipes the low notes are the loud ones. You can hit all the notes, but a lot of the feel is lost.