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Im just curious im getting better at the pipes, im not a pro yet but eventually ill get good, but i wanted to know what you would reccommend playing as a starting piper? I play by ear that's how i play the Tin whistle and other instruments! I just wondered if there was anything that is good to play that will build up skill!
If you are this divorced from Irish Traditional Music (ITM) and Irish piping in general I would suggest you start off with the books and DVDs from Na Píobairí Uilleann. That way you could follow a graduated program of instruction intended to teach and develop the exact skills you are asking about.
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The beginner's DVD from NPU will keep you busy for a while! You might also want to try Heather Clarke's "The New Approach to Uilleann Piping." It takes a more liesurely approach to teaching, and there are plenty of simple tunes right from the start for you to enjoy.
If you play by ear - you can pretty much play anything you like. Don't feel that you absolutely have to play Irish music. A very good and fun approach is to play any tune that comes into your head. Simple waltz time tunes, for instance, sound very good on the pipes - or if you want to play a pop tune or a country tune or a jazz tune - just go right ahead. Many pipers get very hung up on technical stuff - and while it is nice to hear some of these chanter tricks it is much better to hear music played with verve and expression