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SCQF Level 4 (Bagpipes)

Was - PDQB Level 2 Certificate Piping (Level 1 of Bagpipes)

There are FOUR Study Areas in Theory


Understanding the Bagpipe Movements

Music Notation

a. Explain what a treble clef is.

b. Explain what a time signature is, using an example.

c. Be able to draw a note value table and understand relative

note durations.

d. Identify three time signatures from music presented by the Examiner.

e. Be able to write all the embellishments in previous levels.

f. Basic monotone exercises in Simple and Compound times.

g. Place bar lines according to a time signature.

h. Understand simple time rhythms

Writing Simple Music

Be able to write 8 Bars of a Simple Time tune from memory. The tune must be selected from those submitted b the candidate for to practical session.

Maintenance (Bagpipe)

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the following:

a. Naming all of the parts of a bagpipe.

1. Pipe Chanter.

2. Tenor drones.

3. Bass drone.

4. Blowstick

5. Stocks.

6. Bag.

7. Bag Cover.

8. Cords.

b. How to properly replace and remove the pipe chanter

c. How to properly replace and remove the drones

d. Correct hemping/sealing of pipe joints

e. How to correctly tie on and space the drone cords


On the bagpipes, 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. C doublings to Low A and B doublings to Low G with E gracenote

as used in Strathspey playing ( Round movement)

8. Basic monotone exercises in Simple and Compound Time (2/4 3/4 6/8 9/8 )


Candidates submit five tunes comprising:

1. 2 parts of a Slow Air

2. 2 parts of a March in 3/ 4 or 4/4 Time

3. 2 parts of a March in 6/8 or 9/8 Time

4. 2 parts of a Strathspey

5. 2 parts of a Reel

The music is to be presented to the examiner and played on the bagpipe 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.