As the name suggests, the Scottish smallpipe is a small pipe. The Scottish smallpipe can be called the small sister of the Great Highland Bagpipe because of its regional origin and the similarities in the fingering and tuning of the drones..
The Scottish smallpipe has a strong, slightly nasal sound. Like the Hümmelchen or the Dudey it is a quiet smallpipe and very pleasant when played indoors. Thus, it is particularly suitable as a training instrument for everyone who normally plays the Great Highland Bagpipe or wants to plunge into the world of traditional Scottish music. The full sound of the three drones make it a strong solo instrument.
The Scottish Smallpipe has a cylindrical chanter and three cylindrical drones that are combined in a shared stock. It is normally a bellow-driven bagpipe, but can also be built as a mouth-blown instrument.
The chanter is equipped with a double reed. It is played with the same fingering as the Great Highland Bagpipe. It cannot be overblown. Main key are D/G and C/F respectively or the lower tuning A/D.
The drones have single reeds and are tuned an octave apart. They are arranged in a cylindrical stock and rest on the right forearm across the body during play.