Hi to All,
   a week or so ago on this site i read in a mail a passing comment of
   playing Dixon tunes on the northumbrian small pipes. i was a little
   surprised as with a 7 keyed set of NSP i would have thought the tunes
   were difficult/impossible to play due to the natural 7th note missing
   in the top and bottom of the scale.
   the more i thought of it, i wondered how it could be done?
   do people, who play from the Dixon manuscript, play with A drones and
   using the A major scale on the NSP starting on the bottom A note as
   their tonic, and using the natural 7th - above and below the tonic as
   the A scale would allow for this? this would work fine, and keep in key
   with the Border pipes key/manuscript setting, but one would be using
   fingering that would never have been used in the early 1800s or before,
   runs would difficult etc.
   or, do people transpose to the G major on the NSP and use the key for
   the bottom F# (so raising the natural 7th of Dixon to a sharpened 7th)
   for the 7th note, and using G drones?
   or, do people pay in D major, and miss out the bottom 7th note all
   together, and keep the natural 7th on the top note (C natural); playing
   with D drones?
   i have been experimenting with these variations. the best i have found
   is to play in G major, and tune my drones to D,d. this goes well with
   the bottom F# (sharped 7th), sadly missing out the natural 7th note of
   the original Dixon scale.
   occasionally i play in D major with drones tuned in D,d; if there is
   not a bottom 7 note in the notation, and gives me the flattened 7th
   note in the top register.

   these natural 7th notes are often strong and give a real feel to the
   style of music, but i wonder if this is what Peacock had to think about
   when designing and compiling music for the early NSP manuscripts?
   i am wondering what do people do when playing Dixon with NSPipes?

   Best wishes,


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