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The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance

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The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance. / Kemp, Jonathan Andrew.

In: Piping Today, No. 75, 06.2015, p. 18.

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Kemp, JA 2015, 'The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance', Piping Today, no. 75, pp. 18.

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Kemp, J. A. (2015). The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance. Piping Today, (75), 18.

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Kemp JA. The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance. Piping Today. 2015 Jun;(75):18.

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Kemp, Jonathan Andrew. / The great highland bagpipe scale and sensory dissonance. In: Piping Today. 2015 ; No. 75. pp. 18.

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