How old were you when you started playing?

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How old were you when you started playing?

Post by greasetrap66 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:16 am

How old were you when you started playing the Uilleann pipes? I'm 22 and seems like I'm getting a late start (I play other instruments, including some indoor Scots-pipes, so hopefully I'm not too far behind). I would actually like to be good at this thing and hopefully someone else out there has gotten a late start and gotten to be pretty skilled.

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by PJ » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:55 am

I was 24 when I started on the pipes but I had been playing other instruments (whistle & guitar) since I was about 15.

Willie Clancy, regarded by many as one of the greatest uilleann pipers, was in his 20s before he started piping, but by then he was an accomplished whistle and flute player.
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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by Mairtin » Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:12 pm

greasetrap66 wrote:How old were you when you started playing the Uilleann pipes? I'm 22 and seems like I'm getting a late start (I play other instruments, including some indoor Scots-pipes, so hopefully I'm not too far behind). I would actually like to be good at this thing and hopefully someone else out there has gotten a late start and gotten to be pretty skilled.

your getting a late start lol...... I'm 37 and I have never played the pipes before "although I have a practice set ordered, which should be here in July/august" ....at 22 you are at a good age to start learning them. My Son who is 15 is showing, and always has had an interest (from a young age ) in learning to play the pipes , so when I get mine he can try them, if he wants to take them up I will order him a set......... You have plenty of years ahead of you "young fella" to master these, but only if you put the time and effort into them.

good luck, or should I or someone be saying that to me lol


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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by Torrin Riáin » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:13 pm

Playing pipes since the age of 12.
Whistle since the age of 8-9.

Naturally, I've ruined many a reed...

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by outofthebox » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:16 am

I got my first practice set when I was 15 - (£25 second hand - all I had in my money box at the time :shock: ). But I haven't been playing continuously over the years. I've only really got back into thinking about the pipes and practising regularly again in the last six months - the internet had a lot to do with reviving the old spark. So it seems to me that the age that you start isn't as important as the enthusiasm you bring to it and the enjoyment you are going to get from it.

Like many others I came to the pipes by way of the tin whistle. I know quite a few pipers had played the GHBs first. I've often wondered if anyone has taken up the uilleann pipes as their first instrument?

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by PJ » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:23 am

outofthebox wrote:I've often wondered if anyone has taken up the uilleann pipes as their first instrument?
I heard an interview with Andy Conroy in which he mentioned that the pipes were the only instrument he could play. He could play "Pop goes the weasel" on the whistle, though.
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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by the plod » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:53 am

37 when I started I believe.

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Post by Bill » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:09 am

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by learnthegrip » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:00 am

28 when I got my first practice set. By then I had 10 years of GHB under my belt. Starting at about 36 or 37 I took some time off, returning to the UPs at age 60. The whistle came after the pipes.

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by MattMc » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:02 pm

Started pipes at 17. Must have been messing around on whistle a couple years before that.....
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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by jcullen » Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:59 pm

I started at 50. By that time I had put in 35 years of dedicated playing on highland pipes.
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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by Chadwick » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:23 pm

Started at 28, first instrument!

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by JohnnyKerr » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:21 pm

Just getting started at 27 with +/- 6 years on the whistle.

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by marc » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:00 am

52, with little musical experience before this.

I am an idiot, but I'm having a great time.

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Re: How old were you when you started playing?

Post by the plod » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:06 pm

marc wrote:with little musical experience before this.

I am an idiot, but I'm having a great time.
Describes me well also. :-)

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