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- Wed 25 September 2013
- 7:00 pm BST
- John Mulhearn
- Basics - Learn to play, Graded Lessons, Lesson Level, Lessons, Level 4
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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What are Experience Levels?
Complete beginner. Chapters 1-15 of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 running on a 10 week cycle.
Advanced beginner. Completing the remainder of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 (chapter 15 – 26), running on a 10 cycle.
Intermediate. Made or making the transition to bagpipes, and being familiar with different types of tunes and time signatures. Knowledge of all embellishments. Equivalent to CLASP Grade 3, or North American Grade 4/5.
Advanced intermediate. Familiar with 4 part tunes in most time signatures. A little knowledge of piobaireachd. Roughly of CLASP Grade 2/3 or North American Grade 2/3.
Proficient. Good knowledge of different types of tunes. CLASP Grade 1 or North American Grade 1 and above.