Reducing the range of a melody to fit on bagpipes

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Everybody who plays the bagpipes knows about its limits in range and, according to the type, the available chromatics. This is no problem as long as you are living in a country with an ongoing tradition of bagpipe-music, if you are interested in a specific bagpipe-style from other countries or if you are simply writing your own music. When I started playing the bagpipes in 1998, most of the dance music played at BalFolk-like events in Germany was French inspired or, if not inspired, then copied from French players.

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