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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Air Pipes - App Review

An App to learn to play the bagpipes (yes, honestly).

Now for the ACIDS test:

Just to convince yourself that this really works, and sounds just like a real Highland Bagpipe, blow into the speaker on your iOS device. Now press and of the 6 buttons (or holes) and there you are, already making music (alright, not everyone will call it that).

Once you have stopped using it as a toy, explore the settings, especially the About where you will find finger positions which will give you a bit more musical information.

The Select Tune allows you to choose from a number of 'easy' starter tunes:

Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
God Save The Queen
Happy Birthday
Marines' Hymn
Ode to Joy
We Wish Yo A Merry Christmas
Yankee Doodle

For the more adventurous (or experienced, of course), there are more 'medium' and 'hard' options.

Any of these songs can then be either previewed, where you hear how it should be played, or by pressing on the name itself, you are guided as to where, and for how long, to place your fingers.

The Settings options allows you to set up more parameters, including making your life easier by using 'AutoBlow'.

This is a $2 App, with th opportunity to purchase additional tunes for $1 each.

Well, if you want to learn to play this instrument, this is probably the simplest (and definitely least expensive) way to start.

The App will work on many older iOS devices as it only requires iOS 5.1 (or later). This app is optimised for iPhone 5.

There are absolutely no issues with the App... just don't upset the neighbours.

ACIDS Test Rating:

There's an App for everything...

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Air Pipes here and support for the App here.


  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.7.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    A fresh new look for iOS 7!

  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.7.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixed a bug causing blowing into the microphone to stop working when a tune ends.

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