Lesson 3: Uilleann Pipe High G
Watch the video below to learn to play High G on the Uilleann Pipes and then try the exercises below. The High G has the same fingering as the Low G, but it's an octave above it in pitch. This note and any other note higher than Back D is achieved by squeezing harder on the bag. Be carful not to squeeze too hard or the chanter will shut off. Learning to squeeze the right amount of pressure for the second octave takes some practice, so don't get discouraged if you find this hard at first. Take your time and double check to make sure you are playing each note correctly before moving on to the next lesson.
Things to Remember:
High G Exercise #1
Close the chanter holes in between each note and try to make sure your bottom index and middle finger come down at the same time. If you hear a squeaky sound it probably means your not completely covering and uncovering all the holes.
High G Exercise #2
You will notice when listening to this exercise and trying to do it yourself that you need to close all your fingers very briefly when going from a very low note to a very high note and vise versa, like the first note of bar 4, 6 and 7. If you don't close all your fingers and shut the chanter off very briefly you won't go up or down the correct octave.