Saturday, February 8, 2014

Practicing my bagpipes tunes

Set #2 and #3
So, in piping we refer to our music as tunes, not songs. Apparently it's been decided that songs are sung while tunes are played.I've been having a hard time memorizing the music so I have to make the extra effort to learn it.

Our band, The Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums, has tunes arranged into sets that we play at performances. I have several tunes playable for the most part, not always by memory (and not all of the embellishments), but I have yet to cobble together the same tunes that make up one of our sets. I know, it's odd.

So, I've been hitting Set #1 today on the practice chanter (you practice tunes on the practice chanter until you have them going well, then you get them on the bagpipes). Set #1 is: Wings, Rowan Tree, and Bonnie Galloway. I have Wings down pretty well (not all of the embellishments yet) and can crank it on the pipes as well. I can usually get through Rowan Tree if I don't psych myself out. Bonnie Galloway is a crash and burn. So today was Set #1 day.


  1. Chris,
    My name is Daniel Orr. I'm the owner of FARMbloomington Restaurant. I'm hosting a Burn's Dinner on Thursday the 23rd of January. I'd like to have someone swig by and lead the guests to the room with bag pipes. Can you let me know if you know someone who could do it? and how much it would cost? I could do it in trade or a mix of trade and cash. LMK DO

    1. you can reach me at