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Basic Fingering Chart for Irish Uilleann Pipes

First Octave: D4 to C#5

This fingering chart includes the primary fingerings learned by Irish uilleann pipes players.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

D4

D1T 123|4567 

D4
E4

Eb1T 123|456- X 
E4
F4
E1T 123|45-- X 
E4
F4
F1  
F4
G4
F#1T 123|4-67 X 
G4 G1T 123|--67 X 
G4
A4
G#1  
A4 A2T 12-|4567 X 
A4
B4
Bb1  
B4
C5
B1T 1--|4567 X 
B4
C5
C1T -23|4-67 X 

C5
D5

C#1T -23|4567 X 
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Special thanks to Eoin McAuley (EM) for submitting the Irish Uilleann*  pipes fingering chart.  McAuley comments:

The Irish Uilleann Pipes are bellows-driven bagpipes using a double reed.  The pipes are capable of two octaves, but the number of semitones available is limited [for keyless models].  The normal Uilleann pipes play in the key of D, although many older sets play in lower keys such as C and Bb.  The fingering is a "closed" system, which means that as many holes are kept covered as possible at all times, as well as the pipe end hole.

*Uilleann is pronounced "ill-en."

 

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