Scots traditional music was so vibrant throughout the 20th century that their music was famous internationally. This music emerged when the worldwide music had lost its popularity. As the pop music arose, this traditional music had lost its popularity. Even though there was music imported from the rest of Europe and the United States, but still the music of the Scotland had kept many of its traditional aspects.
The Scottish traditional music although was very influential and it was also influenced by the Irish traditional music. In spite of the western popular music gaining fame internationally, the traditional music was not completely lost. It still played importance in the music world of pop music. There are several Scottish record labels, music festivals and a roots magazine, living tradition.
The Great Highland Bagpipe played an important part in the Scottish music as it was used in playing the Scottish folk music. Even though there are other bag piping traditions that remain across Europe but this particular form of bagpipe was developed exclusively in Scotland. These bagpipes were introduced in Scotland as early as the sixth century. These pipes were also used in the military marching.
The oldest forms of music in Scotland are Gaelic singing and harp playing. The harp playing was lost but is still being revived by contemporary players. Later the instruments namely strathspeys, reels, jigs and horn pipes, became more popular. The piping tradition is strongly connected to Gaelic singing.
In the 17th century the step dance also appeared in Scotland that was done with the rhythm and the tunes. This dance music was played at the weddings. Many modern Scottish dance bands are becoming livelier with the influence of western music. Vocal music was also popular in Scotland.
The ballads and laments are generally sung by a singer with the traditional instruments such as harp, fiddle, bagpipes etc. The music hall performers such as Harry Lander and Will Fyffe made many popular songs. The Accordion, known as the Scottish kitsch has been a part of Scottish music. In the 20th century the melodeon was popular among the rural folk of Scotland.
Bagpipes are actually the instrument of Scotland but it is also found in parts of Europe, North Africa and South Asia. Bagpipe competitions take place in Scotland in which both the solo player and the pipe bands take part. People from Australia come to attend this bagpipe competition, as it is very famous.
These World Pipe Band Championships concerts are performed in public concerts. The fiddle instrument arrived in the late 17th century. In the 18th century Scottish fiddling is said to have reached new heights. Fiddlers like William Marshall and Neil Gow were very famous in Scotland and their first collections were published in mid-century.
The guitar was also played in Scotland in the early 1960ís. Many modernist composers tended to concentrate on shorter forms like songs rather than symphonies or operas. The Scots music was very traditional and religious. Though it had lo its popularity because of the rise of pop music but it was still very popular in areas of Europe and the United States.