Play the Most Irritating Instrument On Your iPad: the Bagpipes

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You can "learn" to "play" many instruments on the iPad, but now you can irritate neighbors for hours with the world's most joy-sapping tool of all—the bagpipes. You can even play along to your iTunes library!

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If the $5 price hasn't put you off, then you may be interested to learn that the same developers have created Scottish border pipes and smallpipes apps as well. The smallpipes and border pipes are in the key of A, whereas the highland pipes are in B-flat, with the main difference being the more mellow sound for the first two type of pipes.

"Playing" the apps sounds pretty easy, with the touchscreen highlighting the keys that need fingering at the right moments. The neatest thing of all though (if you can call anything in relation to a set of virtual bagpipes as being "neat") is that you can play along to songs in your iPad music library. Lady Gaga accompanied by bagpipes? Sure, why not? [AppShopper]

UPDATE: The price has been lowered to just $2 until Tuesday night, so hurry and get it cheap while you can!

DISCUSSION

as a piper, i realize the pipes aren't for everyone-no instrument is. however, i think a lot of the general distaste for bagpipes comes from the guy down the street who just bought a set off ebay and said he plays the bagpipes now. no tuning. no musicality. the proverbial cat being strangled.

now the pipes aren't really difficult to tune, but here's the rub-the environment can offset tuning. is it humid? is it dry? is it cold? are you on grass or concrete? is the grass wet but still 90 degrees out? all these factor into tuning a bagpipe chanter (the melody maker). not only that but because of these elements you can be in tune for a while but the pitch can change as the reed loses and/or absorbs moisture. it happens. that's why a lot of parades on cold days sound terrible. the reed warms up. they pipers stop the reed cools down. guess what? you're no longer in tune. you are flat.

but i digress.....your photoshopper obviously has no idea what a bagpipe looks like by using 2 different styles of chanter as drones and at all angles....sigh.....

try this: good pipes: [www.youtube.com]

bad pipes: