The birl is arguably the most difficult movement in the repertoire, with several different methods of playing the movement to choose from. Carrying on from Lesson 1 John Mulhearn looks at the birl with an emphasis on the more challenging exercises found in Jim McGilliviry’s excellent exercise book Rhythmic Fingerwork. He then puts some of that into practice in the tune ‘The Barren Rocks of Aden’ from the Highland Bagpipe Tutor 1.
Exercises from Rhythmic Fingerwork:
- Exercises 97, 98, 99, 100 & 101
Note: We would strongly advise students following this course to purchase both of the books above.
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