Scottish Traditions. Bagpipes. Bagpipes. Bagpipes are known to have been played in Scotland in the 14th century and current form of the instrument came into being in the 17th century when a third drone was added.
The most common method of supplying air to the bag is by blowing into a blowpipe, or blowstick. In some pipes the player must cover the tip of the blowpipe with his tongue while inhaling, but modern blowpipes are usually fitted with a non-return valve which eliminates this need. There is too a chanter, the melody pipe, played by one or two hands.