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is a Scottish oral tradition for the vocal imitation of the bagpipes, dating from the 16th Century or earlier. Canntaireachd `nonsense' words represent particular manner of articulation as well as pitch, and are used during instruction, to swap tunes between musicians, and during performance. Canntaireachd is a dying art, largely replaced by staff notation, but a few players
are keeping it alive.
In India, tabla players use Bol syllables for the same function, and a musical connection
between the two has been found. There are a number of Canntaireachd dialects
, now written down as well as chanted, and the search is on for the third lost volume
of Campbell's Canntaireachd.