Well I guess now if you can play tin whistle you can play Uilleann pipes.
Too clean for me. No nuance, none of those beautiful mistakes. Can you
stretch a note with those things?
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From: "Johnson Thomas" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:20 AM
Subject: vPipes - the future of uilleann piping?
Saw this instrument discussed on the Swedish uilleann pipes forum
I must say I was impressed. This is a completely electronic instrument
that sounds and behaves like a well maintained, in-tune half-set of
uilleann pipes. The vPipes can be used with earphones, which would be
great for ust practicing, or learning tunes without disturbing people in
the same household, or neighbourhood for that matter, or/and they can be
also be used with external speakers which makes them interesting from a
performing angle. I suppose they could even be used in a session with a
small battery powered amplifier. They seem to be small so that makes
them easy to carry about. The inventors/developers are still testing
them according to Annette Winter and want to have them perfect and
reliable before releasing them commercially.
Of course learning to play on a set of vPipes doesn't mean you'd be able
to manage an acoustic traditional set of pipes and all that entails, the
tuning, reed problems, leaks etc., but as a complement for learning
tunes without driving folks mad, or for someone who's satisfied to just
be an electric piper, I'd say there is definitely a future for the
Here's piper Cillian Vallely playing a set of vPipes:
Some Spanish chap having a go
Swedish piper Jan Winter (thanks Jan) has a more information on his