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Pipe

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Definition and Description of the Pipe
Definition and description of the Pipe: The Pipe can be described as an extremely basic instrument usually having only three melody holes. Description: A woodwind instrument of music, consisting of a tube or tubes of straw, reed, wood, or metal; any tube which produces musical sounds; as, a shepherd's pipe; the pipe of an organ.

Family of Instruments: The Pipe belongs to the family of Woodwind instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Pipe
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Pipe, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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