Of course there is always the other side of transposing when the tune you
want to learn is written in a different key (say, E) and you just pretend
that the bottom note (little finger up) is E.
The tune is still played in D, of course so you are just mentally
transposing it down to D from E.
That's using more of a sol-fah approach which can be handy - especially if
playing with an instrument that can use a capo so you can both use the same
sheet of music (pipers always being too poor to have their own sheet of
If that doesn't make sense, it's been a long day..........
Colin Hill
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Liestman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Jack Rawlins" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: <nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:18 PM
Subject: [NSP] Re: Questions on D Chanter

> 1) Yes.
> 2) That depends. The note you get with only the R little finger up on a D
> chanter is D. Most folks who play Northumbrian tunes on D sets play them
> the same fingering as on other pitches of sets, so a tune that would come
> in F on a traditional set or G on a G set, comes out in D on a D set.
> if you are playing with other folks, you either need to relearn how to
read the
> music, knowing that the R little finger note truly produces a D, or you
need to
> have them transpose so you play it with G fingering yet a D comes out. I
> the same thing is true with recorder - you can play a tune designed for an
> on a tenor with the same fingering, knowing that you are in fact
transposing the
> key, or you can play in the intended key by using different fingering -
> choice.
> I hope that makes sense.
> Quoting Jack Rawlins <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> > I followed the discussion on G chanters and have basic questions on D
> > chanters. I think I know the answers but want to confirm them.
> >
> > 1) Is the D chanter lower pitched than an F#ish chanter? (down a 3rd)
> > 2) Are the notes absolute, non transposing, like a recorder? example,
> > written low G on an F# chanter is with only the R little finger up.
> > That same fingering on a D chanter would be written low D and would
> > sound as such.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Jack
> >
> >
> >
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> >
> Yer pal,
> John Liestman

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