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  • Easy introductions to Piobaireachd?

    Good morning,
    I’d like to learn more but without hearing the non-English words pronounced, I find the majority of written history and material to be a bit difficult to understand.

    Are there any podcasts or YouTube videos that do a good job of explaining the history and practice of piobaireachd?

    Not looking to learn playing (I have a long way to go before I’ll be capable of that) but would like to learn everything I can about this important part of piping.

    -Will

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    Re: Easy introductions to Piobaireachd?

    Not sure about a podcast or video, but some basic piobaireachds are not overly difficult. Or you could just learn the ground/urlar—essentially the musical theme of the tune—which is typically about two minutes and not complex. It's when you get into advanced variations (like a crunluath a mach) that it's beyond newish pipers. (I have to admit there's a sense of satisfaction when I play the rippling notes of a crunluath a mach!)

    One of my first tunes was the piobaireachd Duncan MacRae of Kintail's Lament. (Or at least the ground of it.) A quick Google search yielded a 1988 article about the tune:
    https://bagpipe.news/2020/12/06/stor...ntails-lament/
    There are no doubt versions of it on YouTube.

    Andrew
    Andrew T. Lenz, Jr. • BDF Moderator
    BagpipeJourney.com - Reference for Bagpipers

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    • #3
      Re: Easy introductions to Piobaireachd?

      Not exactly what you're looking for but there's this

      https://youtu.be/wWtnndzhy3E

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      • #4
        Re: Easy introductions to Piobaireachd?

        Search Barnaby Brown on YouTube for different resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D16Ezmli-FM

        The altpibroch web site has a page with Gaelic pronunciation as well as loads of other information: https://www.altpibroch.com/gaelic/

        There's also the Canntaireachd Project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecanntaireachdproject

        I hope this helps.
        Cha de\an a' phluic a'phiobaireachd

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        • #5
          Re: Easy introductions to Piobaireachd?

          Originally posted by BGP View Post
          Not exactly what you're looking for but there's this

          https://youtu.be/wWtnndzhy3E
          This was very helpful (and quite enjoyable), Thank you!

          -Will

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