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6 - finger note 3 years 5 months ago #35

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In a thread about transposing pipe music the term "6 - finger note" was used where the poster wanted 'it' to read as the note g.

A response pointed out that "... on Border pipes the 6-finger note really is concert pitch A ..."

I'm more than a little confused (nowt new there:P ), none of the notes fall to the 6th finger except the low A and then only if one counts down from the reed end :unsure:

What does the term 6-finger note refer to please?

Is it possible to have a "Jargon Buster" as a 'sticky' please?

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Re: 6 - finger note 3 years 5 months ago #46

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The 6-finger note is the note sounded when the chanter has these holes closed:
left thumb,
index, middle and ring fingers of the upper hand - usually the left - and
index, middle and ring fingers of the lower hand - usually the right.
The remaining, lower hand pinkie, hole is open.
On a Border pipe that note is generally A but on very similar pipes made in England or in France that note is generally G.
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Re: 6 - finger note 3 years 5 months ago #49

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And on several other sorts of pipe it's D; indeed, on most woodwind and transposing instruments it's D too.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, they say
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Re: 6 - finger note 3 years 5 months ago #50

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Thanks Bateman637, much appreciated!
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