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Grips, Taorluaths and Birls

Grips and taorluaths are related to each other and birls are completely different, but together they represent the final touch to your basic 'piping technique.

Grips create emphasis between two notes by having two low Gs separated by a D gracenote. If this was a dance....then a grip would be a deep resonant hand clap.

Taorluaths do the same but have an extra E gracenote to create even more emphasis when going to the next note. If this was a dance....then a taorluath would be a foot stamp.

Birls either decorate or emphasise, depending on where they are in a tune and how you play them. Often they are there for rhymthical effect. They can be light or quite heavy, but always depend upon one of two ways of moving your finger, and always repeat low A. Sometimes they are preceded by a high G gracenote and sometimes they are not.

Grips appear as a full variation in piobaireachd, the most advanced type of pipe music. In piobaireachd they are called a leamluath and always end on E.

Taorluaths also appear as a full variation in piobaireachd, the most advanced type of pipe music. They always end on low A in piobaireachd variations.

Birls also have a special form in piobaireachd...but you can think about that when you get there in a couple of years.

To learn grips please go here

To learn taorluaths please go here

To learn birls please go here

When you have learned these last rudiments please go to the others page before setting off on your journey into tunes.

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