UILLEANN PIPE VIBRATO
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Vibrato done correctly will make any Irish Air sound beutiful. However, done poorly will take away from the tune and make you sound silly. Watch the video below and then go and try vibrato on some of the airs you have learned.
Look at the diagram below to see which hole you need to half cover to do finger vibrato and watch the video for some extra insight as I show you how to perform finger vibrato on the notes. I have only shown you the 1st octave, but the rules apply the same in the 2nd. There is no vibrato for bottom D and I rarely if ever put vibrato on E's or C#'s so I have not included them here.
It's also important to note that this the way I play vibrato. Depending on the way you play, your chanter and your musical preference you may choose to do your vibrato slightly different and that's ok.
Diagram of Uilleann Pipe Vibrato
The notes that are half green and half white means I would like you to only cover half the hole when you move that finger. However, if you prefer a more intense vibrato you can achieve that by covering the entire hole.
Listen and watch this video below.
The video below in from River Dance and the piper is Davy Spillane. He has mastered the art of great sounding vibrato. Also, watch his fingers closely and you will see on certain notes he plays his vibrato slightly different then I do and like I mentioned before thats perfectly fine, do which ever you think sounds best.