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Uilleann Pipes Lessons From OAIM

Ireland's indigenous bagpipes take their name from the Gaelic term for 'elbow' alluding to the air-bag and bellows which the elbows operate. Air is pumped from the bellow into the bag and then from the bag into a reed in the chanter. Piping is considered a very important part of the Irish tradition. The solo playing of the pipes has a special place of its own in the tradition and to a large extent developed separately from the rest of the tradition.

Our own Mikie Smyth looks into a lot of technical aspects of uilleann pipe playing. If you have a handle on the basics of piping and want to push the boundaries of your ability then check out Mikie's course at OAIM.


OAIM Uilleann Pipes Courses

Uilleann Pipes Technique

Over the course of twelve lessons, four tunes will be examined in detail. The first lesson in each set of three will introduce the tune with basic technique; this will be followed by a lesson looking at tune specific technique and variation; a basic approach to regulator and drone playing will then be given. The classes are not designed to increase repertoire but rather to focus on technical aspects of piping. Please note that the third lesson in each case study will also include some chanter exercises for those without drones and regulators. [.. Read More]

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