Intermediate Uilleann Piping Technique

Over the course of twelve lessons, four tunes will be examined in detail. The first lesson in each set of three will introduce the tune with basic technique; this will be followed by a lesson looking at tune specific technique and variation; a basic approach to regulator and drone playing will then be given. The classes are not designed to increase repertoire but rather to focus on technical aspects of piping. Please note that the third lesson in each case study will also include some chanter exercises for those without drones and regulators

Intermediate Uilleann Piping Technique
 
Free Intermediate Uilleann Piping Technique Sample Lesson

'The Hag at the Churn'

This lesson will teach the tune 'The Hag at the Churn'.  Mikie introduces his teaching methods and discusses piping ornamentation and technique.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 1

This lesson will teach the tune 'An Sean Duine.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 2

The tune An Sean Duine' will continue to be taught in this lesson with focus on ornamentation.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 3

This lesson will continue to teach the tune 'An Sean Duine' with focus on regulator work.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 4

In his lesson the tune The Fall of Dunboy' will be taught.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 5

This lesson will continue to teach the tune The Fall of Dunboy' with focus on ornamentation.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 6

This lesson will continue to teach the tune 'The Fall of Dunboy', focusing on regulator work.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 7

The tune 'The Braes of Busby' will be taught in this lesson.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 8

This lesson will continue to teach the tune 'The Braes of Busby' with focus on ornamentation.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 9

In this the tune 'The Braes of Busby' will continue to be taught, focusing on the use of the regulators.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 10

This lesson will teach the tune 'Higgin's'.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 11

This lesson will continue to teach the tune Higgin's', with focus upon ornamentation.

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Intermediate Uilleann Piping Techniques Lesson 12

The tune 'Higgin's' will continue to be taught in this lesson with focus on how to use the regulators.

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Tunes Taught
  • An Sean Duine
  • The Fall of Dunboy
  • The Braes of Busby
  • Higgin's

Tutor Info

Mikie Smyth

Mikie Smyth

Mikie Smyth began playing the pipes at the age of nine. His first teachers were Colm De Brun and Andy Conroy in the Pipers Club in Henrietta Street. As a teacher Mikie has worked for many piping organizations and traditional summer schools, including the Willie Clancy and Joe Mooney summer schools. He is currently the pipes tutor at the IWAMD in the University of Limerick where he teaches on both the BA and MAË°programmes...[Read More]