Lesson 4: Bagpipe Music Theory 1
Note Values Found in Bagpipe Music
How to Make a Note Longer
A dot can be placed onto any note: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, etc. Putting a dot behind a note changes the duration of the note by increasing it by half of its original value.
For example: A whole note is worth 4 beats; A dotted whole note would increase the duration of the note by half of it’s original value (+2), so a dotted whole note would be worth 6 beats.
A dotted half note would be worth 3 beats.
A dotted quarter note would be worth 1 and a half beats.
A dotted eighth note would be worth 3 quarters of a beat.
What is a Tempo ?
A tempo is the speed a tune or exercise is played at. Bagpipe music has a variety of tempos from very fast to very slow.