What's New

Added additional chromatic note options for Great Highland Pipes, Border Pipes, SmallPipes, and Uilleann pipes:

Based on the standard GHB fingering where the lowest note on the chanter is named G and the drone is named A (independent of the actual pitches produced), the fingering for the new notes are as follows:

(X = closed, O = open, listed thumb first then the fingers from top to bottom of the chanter)

Bb: X XXX XXOX
C: X XXX XOXO
F: X XOX XOXO
G# (high): X OXX XXXX

The Sackpipa is really it's own thing, and didn't get any new notes in this update.

Added alternate fourth interval drone option (Eb for Great Highland Pipes, D for Border Pipes and SmallPipes, G for Uilleann pipes, A for Sackpipa)

Additional bug fixes and improvements for iOS 9

A huge thank you to Orlan Charles in Brazil for requesting the new features.

App Description

World of Bagpipes is five extremely realistic sounding sets of bagpipes for the iPad that are played using standard Scottish piping fingerings.

IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).

It includes five authentic sounding sets of Scottish, Irish, and Swedish bagpipes.

Please visit the app website and watch the demonstration video!

The four sets of bagpipes are:

Great Highland Scottish Bagpipes - The most popular Scottish marching pipes, in the traditional key of Bb.

Scottish Border Pipes - A Scottish smallpipe in the key of A with a sound distinctly different from but similar to the Highland pipes.

Scottish Smallpipes - A Scottish smallpipe in the key of A, one octave lower than the Border Pipes, and has a rounder, bubbly sound.

Irish Uillean Pipes - Bellows blown pipes in the key of D

Swedish Säckpipa - A set of Swedish bagpipes in E minor, with a very haunting sound.

All of the instruments use fingerings based on the standard Scottish Highland bagpipes chanter.

How to Play:

Start/stop the drones playing by touching the drone puck.

To play the chanter, touch the bar at the top left with your left thumb. This bar is the hole normally on the back of a real chanter and must be covered for the lower notes to play.

Next, touch the top three holes of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers.

Finally, touch the bottom four holes of the chanter with the tips of your right index, middle, ring, and little fingers.

Touch the "i" to show/hide the live performance controls where you can choose the instrument, drone note, change volumes and reverb levels.

Touch the ePipes or Tradlessons logos to visit our websites.

Touch the "?" for on-screen help and fingering chart.

The Scottish bagpipes samples are supplied by ePipes.co.uk based on their "Studio Piper" virtual MIDI bagpipes instrument. If you want to control bagpipe sounds using MIDI, check out their products. The sounds in this app can only be played from the iPad, not MIDI.

Audio samples for the Säckpipa provided by Jonathan Parker from an instrument made in 1986 by Leif Eriksson.

Drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt.

A huge thank you to Orlan Charles in Brazil for requesting the new drone and chromatic note features. Check out his YouTube and FaceBook pages for his app demos and other amazing music videos.

You must disable "Multitasking Gestures" in the iPad's Settings to use this app.

Apple's gestures take over control and stop the app sound once three or more fingers touch the screen.

This app requires as many as eight fingers touching the screen at the same time so you must disable the multitasking gestures.

iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • November 12, 2011 Price increase: $1.99 -> $4.99
  • November 25, 2011 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $0.99
  • November 26, 2011 Price increase: $0.99 -> $4.99
  • December 30, 2011 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $1.99
  • January 02, 2012 Price increase: $1.99 -> $4.99
  • July 13, 2012 New version 2.0
  • July 15, 2012 Price decrease: $4.99 -> FREE!
  • July 16, 2012 Price increase: FREE! -> $4.99
  • November 13, 2012 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • June 21, 2015 New version 3.0
  • July 09, 2015 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • November 07, 2015 New version 3.1
  • November 07, 2015 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • December 26, 2015 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • December 28, 2015 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99