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Keep your bagpipe musical repertoire in your pocket, and much more ….

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v6-icone-256-carPocketPipes is an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch  player for bagpipe tunes  (abc and bww files) with lot of options. You can listen to few examples here.  While playing, a vertical bar shows the note being played on the sheet music. The app provides also the reverse chronology of your playings, that may help you to drive your training sessions.

Playing options

  • realistic bagpipe sound or practice chanter sound
  • define a section of the tune for playback (to focus on few measures when training, the outside area is grayed)
  • loop mode
  • melody with or without drones or embellishments
  • C natural, or C natural + F natural
  • synchronized metronome with the current play
  • optional attack sequence before each play (beats ->  5: drones, 7: E note, 9: start)
  • change the tempo of the current tune

Tunes management

  • importing files from a Desktop with iTunes, from a Dropbox(TM) account) or email attachements
  • sending tunes or sheet music by email
  • uploading soundtrack (wav) or sheet music (pdf) to Dropbox
  • sheet music print
  • search among personal tunes (ie  march or march&.bww)
  • categorization (tagging) of the tunes eases the manipulation of hundreds or even thousands of personal tunes (i.e. Marches, Slow airs, To learn, Next show ….). See guide in 3).
  • statistics  (reverse chronology of playbacks,  discarded tunes)
  • file edition in textual mode

User interface

  • long press on the tune title to get a contextual menu or force touch quick actions (on devices such as iPhone 6S or 7)
  • full screen and zooming on sheet music (important for iPhones)
  • split screen on iPad

Tips and news

0) If you have a Mac that runs Mac OS Catalina (newly released) the iTune software does not exist anymore. If you want to install tune files directly on your iPhone/iPad with a simple drag and drop, you must use now the Finder Application.

  1. Connect your mobile to your Mac with an USB cable
  2. Open the Finder Application
  3. Search your iPhone or iPad in the Placeholders
  4. Click on the icon
  5. Wait a little time and you’ll see a buttons bar in the main window
  6. Choose Files
  7. An App list appears
  8. Click on PocketPipes
  9. You’ll see the personal files inside your mobile (may be empty)
  10. You just have to drag there your files from any location on your Mac

1) If you prefer long press instead of Force Touch (on recent iPhones) you can disable Force Touch with PocketPipes settings

2) To download PocketPipes directly from iPhone/iPad, use the « App Store » application. Then search « pocketpipes ». IOS 10.0 or higher is required.

3) A good free software to edit graphically abc files is Bagpipe, running on a Mac or PC.

If you like highlighted staves (any part of staves) you can do that with Bagpipe, and then PocketPipes will show the highlighted parts (registered in the abc)

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However PocketPipes reads ABC files coming from other sources.

Many web sites propose BWW files ready to download.

4) Quick start

Here are tunes sets and three guides to get ready to use PocketPipes

Tunes starter packs => ABC starter pack  BWW starter pack
Installation of personal tunes => From a desktop From a Dropbox account dropbox-ios-48
Categorization => How to work with categories for personal tunes

If you have an abc or bww file coming as an email attachement, the simplest way to install it is to touch the attachement in the email, and import it directly in PocketPipes

5) Native language

If your device language is neither english, nor french, you have to add english as secondary language in the general settings  to run PocketPipes in english

6) Questions about PocketPipes?  You can first have a look to the FAQ. Or contact support@pocketbagpipe.fr (english or french language)

7) A feed-back on the AppleStore as well as any idea is welcome