Another Bagpipe Request

• Aug 26, 2016 - 22:00

When writing Piobaireachd tunes we use shortcuts to show where common large embellishments are played in order to keep the size of the music down. The two most used shortcuts are T for taurlauth
Taurluath symbol.PNG replaces this taurlauth.PNG
and C for crunluath
crunluath symbol.PNG replaces this crunluath.PNG

Also there are parts that have two versions in a tune, a singling and a doubling. We distinguish the bars or parts of bars, see the example in the picture, that are played in each part,
singling-doubling symbol.PNG

Is there anyway to do this in this version, or add this capablity to version 2 and or 3?


This is fascinating stuff for those of us who don't know as much about bagpipe music as we would like. Can you recommend a good basic textbook on the subject? I will soon be editing a score of 28 traditional Scots tunes from the mid-18th century, orignally arranged with a figured bass in the Baroque style, and a better understanding of traditional bagpipe ornamentation would offer many valuable insights.

In reply to by Recorder485

The best book I've found on Piobaireachd is "The 'How To' Piobaireachd Manual" by Major Archie Cairns, MMM, CD. The discusses, with examples, the types of piobaireachd, structure of piobaireachd, symbols, signs, term and abbreviations used.
Keep in mind that ornamentation used in bagpipe music is unique, the only embellishment I've seen used in orchestral music is the gracenote.

In reply to by wesweber

Thanks very much for that information. I am working on an urtext edition of traditional Scots tunes arranged by Francesco Barsanti c. 1743, and it will be quite useful to have an authoritative source for traditional bagpipe ornamentation when I write the commentary for it.

Text can be added easily - just click a note and press Ctrl+T. If you regularly want it below the staff instead of above, you can create a custom text style and apply it as desired. Otherwise if it's just occasionally, you can adjust the position manually (drag, nudge with keybaord arrows, or use Inspector).

The lines are, naturally, found on the Lines palette - hopefully that's what you discovered. ypu can then customzie their appearance via Line Properties in the right click menu.

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