Lesson 8: UIlleann Pipe A & Legato
Watch the video below to learn to play A and then try the exercise below. 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:
A Exercise 1
Close the chanter hole in between each note.
A-G-F#-E-D & Legato Exercise 1
In music performance and notation, legato [leˈɡaːto] (Italian for "tied together"; French lié; German gebunden) indicates that musical notes are played smoothly and connected. That is, the player makes a transition from note to note with no intervening silence. This basically means you won't close off the chanter between notes. Many Irish musicians refer to this as 'Slurring.'
This will feel a little funny a first, but you will get use to it and you will eventually actually find it easier to play legato rather than closing the holes between each note.