Mental connection - Bagpipes / Scottland - Why? ;o)
Many People thinks, there are only scottish Bagpipes, but this is wrong. It is the most popular bagpipe, thats true.
But original the Bagpipes comes probably from the Orient (India). Via the silk road the bagpipe reached Italy and spreadand develop over the years and centuries in whole Europe. There are references that Roman Emperor Nero played the bagpipe.
This is a german renaissance bagpipe. With one or two drones it is called "Hümmelchen" (Bumblebee; because of the Sound ;O) With three or four drones it is called "Dudey" (don`t ask me for translation; it is just a Name *g*) four Drones (like in the Illustration) is a modern Version. Traditional there are only max. three Drones (reconstructed from drawings of Michael Praetorius - * 15. Februar 1571 / † 15. Februar 1621) half-closed fingering, nine-note scale, low volume (you don`t disturb your Neighbours ;o) easy for beginners and Children ;O)
I play the Dudey (four-Drone-Version) since about 5 or 6 Years. I also play the Praetorius Bock (also a german renaissance bagpipe) and a medieval Bagpipe in a modern fantasy look (very loud Sound). Since a view months there is also a modern electronic bagpipe in my bagpipe-Family called RedPipe. It can switch between four different bagpipe-noises and 8 different fingering-technics. Perfect to practice. And nice for your neighbours, because you also can play with Headset ;O)
I hope you enjoyed my little excursion in the history of bagpipes ;O)
(and sorry for my English ;o) )
Photo credits: Stefanie Winkler.