Pipes Videos

Pipes Videos

For those interested, I found these recently - a bit twee at times but very informative nonetheless:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xubt4_uilleann-pipes-history-part-1-of-3_music
http://www.dailymotion.com/related/1414984/video/xubvp_pipes-part-2_music
http://www.dailymotion.com/related/1415077/video/xufkg_pipes-part-3_music
Also - a quick question - open vs. closed playing - is this simply legato vs. staccato, or is there more to it than those terms indicate?

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Those videos are lifted from the film "The Pipes Are Calling" which is a great introduction to the world of bagpipes in general.
Great playing by Finbar there.
About open vs closed playing on the uilleann pipes, one person summed it up by saying "in open playing you only put down the fingers you need to to produce a note, in close playing you only lift the fingers you need to to produce a note."
This is an exaggeration but you get the idea. I don’t think any uilleann piper would actually play B like this:
x xoo oooo
No wait, you would at times, when the bottom hand is off doing the regulators. Likewise I don’t think you would play B like this:
x xox xxxx
except as a gracenote. For B you usually have to have at least two fingers lifted for the note to be in tune:
x xoo xxxx
In the upper octave pipers often use one-finger-up so as to play detached, so that the phrase F# G F# could be fingered:
x xxx xoxx
x xxx oxxx
x xxx xoxx
rather than the more open
x xxx xoxx
x xxx ooxx
x xxx xoxx
It gets more obvious on the low notes where there is a set of "off the leg" fingerings and the playing is fully legato.
Adding an extra digit to represent the chanter being on or off the leg, you can finger the scale "close"
x xxx xxxx o
x xxx xxoo x
x xxx xoxx x
x xxx ooxx x
x xxo xxxx x
x xoo xxxx x
Or "open" and off the leg:
x xxx xxxx o
x xxx xxox o
x xxx xoox o
x xxx ooox o
x xxo ooox o
x xoo ooox o
Check out videos of good pipers and you’ll see them switching back and forth between these on the leg/off the leg fingerings. Liam O Flynn usually plays G off the leg for example- he seems to prefer the tone.

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I was just watching a video of Mick O Brien on YouTube playing the air "May Morning Dew" and his chanter is off the leg almost the entire time. Very interesting, as on my chanter I almost have to have it on the leg for C natural but Mick is getting a great C natural off the leg. He’s even keeping the chanter off the leg while playing in the 2nd octave. Notice that he puts in back on the leg briefly for back D from time to time.

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Thanks Richard.

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thanks for posting those videos KML!