Tag: Theory Top-Up

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

By TIM CUMMINGS Piping Today #81, 2016. In the previous round of this Theory Top-Up series, we began to look at familiar tunes whose original melodies spanned beyond the nine-note range of the standard Scottish pipe chanter.  The word ‘compression’ was introduced as a way of describing the process of […]

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in G-major

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in G-major

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #78, 2015. In this Theory Top-Up series, we have already explored the nine specific musical keys that are most commonly found in our Highland pipe repertoire.  My best guess is we’ve covered approximately 95% of our repertoire in this way.  There’s not much left but […]

Ukrainian national anthem on bagpipes

Ukrainian national anthem on bagpipes

Right now the world is united in support for Ukraine. There are lots of recordings all over social media of the Ukrainian National Anthem being sung and played in bomb-damaged Ukrainian homes, air-raid shelters, and played by orchestras and sung by crowds of worried people in city squares and in […]

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in the Dorian mode

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in the Dorian mode

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #77, 2015. Having already investigated tunes in the keys of A-Major, D-Major, B-minor, A-Mixolydian, as well as tunes that are pentatonic, “gapped”, and those considered to have a “double-tonic”, we have now covered approximately 90% of the Scottish pipe tune repertoire in this Top-Up series. […]

Theory Top-Up: Double Tonic Tunes

Theory Top-Up: Double Tonic Tunes

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #76, 2015. Imagine for a moment that it’s February in the North Country, and you’ve been invited to a friend’s sauna.  You enter into the thick, steamy, blanketing air of the sauna, which in midwinter feels absolutely wonderful, rapidly softening petrified muscles that have been […]

Tim Cummings: Tunes in B-minor

Tim Cummings: Tunes in B-minor

Theory Top-Up by Tim Cummings Piping Today #75, 2015. I have a hunch that you might be familiar with something called fish and chips.  I’m also willing to bet that each time you’ve partaken of that meal, there was a fair bit of salt added, which no doubt enhanced the […]

Tim Cummings:  Tunes in A pentatonic major

Tim Cummings: Tunes in A pentatonic major

Theory Top-Up by Tim Cummings Piping Today #74, 2015. In the last article in this series, we examined a scale and its associated tunes which contain fewer than the usual seven notes that make up standard Western musical scales. Specifically, we explored a ‘gapped’ scale in A — that is, […]