Arhtur Gillie’s beautiful slow air, Samantha’s Lullaby, is a great addition to a pipers repertoire. Get the score here.
When making the transition from practice chanter to pipes most people will agree that mastering the blowing/squeezing technique is the make or break skill to develop. In order to do this there are a couple of things that will undoubtedly help. Most importantly here you really need to be able to play some music comfortably from memory – you really do not want to have to think too hard about what your fingers are doing. The best types of tunes at this stage are slow airs. In addition to allowing you more time to focus on blowing and squeezing, slow airs are very important tunes to have in your repertoire as they are often the most stirring pieces of music, making them suitable for many different types of occasion. In this series of lessons Glenn Brown and John Mulhearn take a look at a number of tunes, from popular standards to more obscure gaelic airs.
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