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Bagpipe


      Bagpipe is an ancient reed wind-instrument of many nations. Written sources contain information about bagpipes played in Latvia from XVI century until beginning of XX century.

    Bagpipes are made of unadulterated stripped skin (sheep, calf, pig, dog, feline and other), turned out to underside. At the ends of the forelegs, the tube of cart of air and the pipe of melody are placed, at the ends of the backlegs - one or two burdon pipes.
    Player keeps a bagpipe in his armpit and sqeazes it. The compressed air leaving oscillates the reed and creates a sound. By pressing of the elbow the player supports in bagpipe even pressure and, by this, even height of the sound.


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