Cornemuse Page

I have been interested in the French cornemuses for some time. Their popularity is well-deserved. The chanter has a right-hand thumb hole which permits playing of the minor third and there is an overblown range that extends to the C above g, giving a range of an octave and a half. It is best described as a G / C chanter which also allows excursions into C and G minor.

As an instrument it is fairly versatile and can be made quieter than the Border pipes. Using synthetic reeds, it can be mouthblown, and is easy to pick up and play. Its natural partner is the G / C Hurdy Gurdy.

 

Currently I offer two main versions:

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A 3-drone pipe with the drones tuned G, g, c or d. The drones are turned in classic French style then placed in a common stock. The small drone has a tuning bead which can change the tuning from C to D, or the drone can be silenced by means of a chained stopper (with the bead clo

sA pipe familiar on the continent as a "cornemuse d'etude" or student cornemuse. It uses the same chanter as the G pipe but has a single G drone.

ed). To date I have not succeeded in designing an upper octave g drone, but small C or D drones are autheA 3-drone pipe with the drones tuned G, g, c or d. The drones are turned in classic French style then placed in a common stock. The small drone has a tuning bead which can change the tuning from C to D, or the drone can be silenced by means of a chained stopper (with the bead closed). To date I have not succeeded in designing an upper octave g drone, but small C or D drones are authentic in the French pipe and provide interest to the drone sound.

The pipe is also available as a bellows-blown instrument with cane chanter reed, or as a two-drone instrument

(£750)
An instrument familiar on the continent as a "cornemuse d'etude" or student cornemuse. It uses the same chanter as the pipe in G but has a single G drone. The position of the drone stock is different from continental examples.

 

A 3-drone pipe with the drones tuned G, g, and d. The drones are turned in classic French style then placed in a common stock. The small drone can be silenced by means of a chained stopper Alternatively, the drones can sound in octaves (G, g, g').

The pipe is also available as a two-drone instrument.


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cornemuse d'etude in Castello Boxwood:

 

 

3-drone cornemuse in Castello Boxwood with black horn fittings

 

The pipe assembled, with Hope bellows, September 2014

 

 

 

ding an extra tenor or even a second bass drone so that when one "graduates" having studied the tutor for this pipe the playing can become more interesting.
Tunes from the Massif Central have been published but many players today prefer to create their own repertoire. It would be fair to say that the repertoire of the cornemuse is not as extensive as that for the Scottish pipe.


ntic in the French pipe and provide interest to the drone sound.

The pipe is also available as a bellows-blown instrument with cane chanter reed, or as a two-drone instrument

(£750)
An instrument familiar on the continent as a "cornemusetHOME / PRICES


I wish to provide the possibility of adding an extra tenor or even a second bass drone so that when one "graduates" having studied the tutor for this pipe the playing can become more interesting.
Tunes from the Massif Central have been published but many players today prefer to create their own repertoire. It would be fair to say that the repertoire of the cornemuse is not as extensive as that for the Scottish pipe.