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Tullichewan Castle
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Hi Alcluith,  it is, as JAJ says, unusual to see a key signature on bagpipe music, pipers having but the nine notes on their chanters and G natural being one by default.  Pipe tunes tend to be in the key of D major, with the two sharps F# and C#, or, as in the case ofthe tune you have here, in A Mixolidian mode. 

The A Mixolidian mode uses the D major scale (hence no G#) but you begin on the A note and play A, B, C#, D, E. F# G and A .  It is Mixolidian because we are starting on the 5th note of the related major scale.  There are seven principal modes, the three most common being the Ionian (the major scale beginning on the root note), Dorian (starting on the 2nd note of the scale) and the Aeolian (starting on the 6th note of the scale and giving us the minor scale related to the major key.

JAJ also mentions that when fiddlers and other non-piping players adopt the tunes they often sharpen the G.  Many of the songs we sing which have pipe tunes as their melodies show this anomaly.  Listen to any singer performing a tune such as Rowan Tree - The singer uses G# while the piper plays G natural.

I realise  that I am probaby adding unnecessarily to your confusion at this time, but you do not need to hurry off to do an in-depth study of modes to be able to play the tunes.  The clue is to have a look at the last note of the tune and almost always if it is a D then you are in D major scale, and if it is A, then most likely A Mixolidian.  (I await correction from more knowledgeable musicians here).

As for the ornaments, at the start I'd ignore them and get the tune itself into your head.  The ornaments can be added later when you have the basic tune.  Hammer-ons and pull-offs are the devices I most often try when playing pipe tunes on my octave or mandolin - easier on the octave with its longer scale and lower string tension. Open drones work too.

Hope this has helped rather than hindered you! Rolleyes Huh  P.M. me if you feel it might help.
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Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 09:05 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 27-07-2017, 10:13 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 11:37 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 27-07-2017, 11:50 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 27-07-2017, 12:07 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 01:09 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 27-07-2017, 01:45 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 01:15 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 01:33 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 02:16 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 07:16 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 31-07-2017, 07:48 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 31-07-2017, 10:32 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 31-07-2017, 11:53 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 31-07-2017, 02:29 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 01-08-2017, 12:09 AM

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