Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson

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Birls

 There are several important things to remember about birls.

 Firstly, there are two types in common use – “tap and across” and an “upside down seven”

Secondly, the rhythm of a birl will be different according to its musical function.

 Thirdly, birls can appear with and without a high ‘G’ gracenote at the start, and will also sometimes appear without a low ‘A’, depending on context.

 In old pipe books, a birl is often written out, with the rhythm indicated by changing the low ‘A’ between the strikes.
 These exercises should be done using both birls. The object of these exercises is to gain control over the rhythm of a birl.

 Birls 1a

Using both types of birl, practise this over and over again, getting faster with each repetition. Be careful to keep the rhythm exactly as is written.

 

There are no sound files with these examples as you should speed up according to your own possibilities.
 
Birls 1b


 Using both types of birl, practise this over and over again, getting faster with each repetition. Be careful to keep the rhythm exactly as is written.



There are no sound files with these examples as you should speed up according to your own possibilities.

 Birls 2a

 Using both types of birl, practise this over and over again, getting faster with each repetition. Be careful to keep the rhythm exactly as is written.
 
There are no sound files with these examples as you should speed up according to your own possibilities.

 Birls 2b

 Using both types of birl, practise this over and over again, getting faster with each repetition. Be careful to keep the rhythm exactly as is written.

 
There are no sound files with these examples as you should speed up according to your own possibilities.

 Birls 3

 Using both types of birl, practise this over and over again, getting faster with each repetition. Be careful to keep the rhythm exactly as is written.

 

There are no sound files with these examples as you should speed up according to your own possibilities.


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