The Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and the Irish War Pipes are very powerful and loud musical instruments and their sound can be heard over great distances. The piper has little control of the sound volume of these bagpipes. When played in enclosed areas or a prolonged period of time the sound of bagpipes can sometime can be overwhelming to some people.
Playing bagpipes can be quite physically demanding. Bagpipes are wind instruments that use reeds to produce sound. Reeds can be affected by many factors including temperature, moisture, altitude, atmospheric pressure and more. When planning an outdoor event be mindful and considerate of the weather conditions where the piper will be playing, the duration of the performance, rest periods.
Bagpipes use a tuning system (temperament) that is somewhat different from other instruments; that is part of the allure and attraction of bagpipes.
Bagpipers get ready by doing an initial tuning of the pipes, then play to warmup, and then fine tuning to achieve the playing of overtones series that make the instrument come to life. Before arriving at any performance, I invest a considerable amount of time preparing my instrument to achieve the tuning, warmup and fine-tuning before hand. When I have to travel to perform at a distant location, it is important to have a place to perform these preparatory steps without disturbing the guests. At times, pipers need to re-tune their instruments just before playing.
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