Capítulo 2: Digitación

Tutorial

 

 

 

Chapter 2: Fingering

 

 

Some teachers of the gaita (Galician bagpipes) think it is best to start learning to play using only the chanter and then later progress to playing the entire gaita. Using this model we are emphasizing learning of musical pieces ahead of learning the global techniques of playing the gaita. Those who support this model of learning on a chanter maintain that the teaching and learning process is faster and less frustrating. They believe that learning the global techniques such as blowing and bag coordination, constant air pressure in the bag, tuning of the different parts of the gaita, etc. can be learned later.

With this tutorial, you will see that we believe that learning to play the gaita by starting out on only the chanter is only necessary when it is impossible to access a complete instrument. The gaita is a whole unit and therefore it is best to start from the very beginning with the whole instrument, although this may seem a little harder.

Before going into more specific details and to facilitate further explanations, we must attribute a number to each finger used to play the gaita.

 

 

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We use the following fingers to play the gaita: left thumb (1), left forefinger (2), left middle finger (3), left ring finger (4), right forefinger (5), right middle finger (6), right ring finger (7) and right little finger (8).

 

Fingers are always places on the same holes in the same location on the chanter. The production of different sounds is produced by lifting (opening the hole) and lowering (closing the hole) your fingers on the designed holes.

 

In this image the previously assigned numbers to individual fingers correspond to the holes of on chanter.

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Below you can see graphics and photographs showing the notes and corresponding fingering for a gaita tuned to C. Notes are shown which range between B4 and C6. The chromatic scale will be dealt with in subsequent chanpters.

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

 

The note C can be produced using 3 different fingerings. We recommend the third position since it generally presents lesser tuning problems. This position will also makes it easier when moving from lower to higher notes.

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

Capítulo 2: Digitación

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE: The main aim of this chapter is acquaint the reader with the location of the fingers on the chanter and how that corresponds to the notes on the musical staff.