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Welcome to the CelticPipes website.

CelticPipes is an easy-to-use music notation software application (for Mac and Windows) that allows you to compose and play quality scores principally for the Great Highland Bagpipe and for the following traditional 'Celtic' musical (and percussion) instruments:

Version 2.1  now available      See  what's new here
  • 11th Oct 2019: Catalina Warning
    Updating your Mac to Catalina (10.5) at this time may damage your CelticPipes!
CelticPipes main screen
bagpipe Great Highland Bagpipe & Practice Chanter
smallpipes Scottish Smallpipes
tin whistle Tin Whistle (or Penny Whistle)
flute Flute
side drum Scottish Side (snare), Tenor & Bass drums.
bodhran Bodhran

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CelticPipes has been designed from the outset to be easy to use. It is also very 'open', allowing a variety of commonly used file formats to be imported and exported. For example, import formats are: ABC, BMW, BWW and PIO (PiobMaster, for the Highland Bagpipe - Windows only )

With the use of the Transposition tool to change keys, even suitable Fiddle tunes in ABC may be imported and transposed for other instruments!

For a full list of program features, check out the Main Features pane on this page, or press the Tour button above!

Main Features

  • Point and click
  • Very easy to use
  • Basic keyboard entry
  • Allows multiple staves on a score
  • Range of common Import & Export formats
  • Custom embellishments
  • Embellishment/ornament timing control
  • Realistic sound
  • Tuneable instruments
  • Flexible playback cueing
  • Transposing tool
  • Note value checker
  • Fine printing control
  • Context-sensitive help
  • Example scores
  • Link to online tune library
  • Publish music to web 

Bagpipe with side drum!

bagpipe and sidedrum score