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SCQF Level 3 (Practice Chanter)

Was - PDQB Level 2 Certificate Piping (Practice Chanter)


There are THREE Study Areas in the solo performance. You must pass each Area in the examination.

Piping Exercises

On the practice chanter, candidates must demonstrate competence in the following:

1. All doublings (Low G to High A), from any note of the scale

2. Throw on D from each note of the scale

3. Grips (including grips with a B gracenote)

4. Birl and birl with a G gracenote from each note of the scale

5. Taorluaths to Low A from each note of the scale (including taorluaths from D with a B gracenote).

6. Tachums

7. Be able to write 8 bars of a Simple Time tune from memory.

8. Be able to write all the embellishments covered in Levels One and Two.

Monotone Exercises

Basic monotone exercises in Simple and Compound Time.


On the practice chanter, five tunes to be played from memory. At least one tune should be in compound time. The music is to be presented to the examiner and played in accordance with the written score. The music does not have to be written out by the candidate.

The tunes submitted must incorporate some of the embellishments from the exercises listed in section a.


There are FOUR Study Areas in Theory. Each area must be passed.

Understanding Bagpipe movements

Know all embellishments in previous levels.

Music Notation

Candidates must be able to:

a. Draw a Treble Clef and explain it purpose.

b. Explain what a time signature is. (Include rhythm, beats, pulses, etc).

c. Be able to draw a note value table and understand relative note durations.bar lines according to a time signature.

d. Identify the time signature from a piece of music presented by the Examiner.

e. Be able to name three time signatures. (Keep to Simple Time).

Writing Simple Music

Write out 8 bars of a Simple Time tune from memory.

The tune is to be selected the candidate for the section from those submitted by the candidate for the practical section.

Maintenance (Practice Chanter)

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the following

a. Dismantling the practice chanter

b. Cleaning and drying the practice chanter

c. Correct hemping of the practice chanter

d. Weakening and strengthening a practice chanter reed.

e. Sharpen and flatten the practice chanter pitch