This is an anatomically obscure, two-step OR three-step embellishment played by utilizing two lateral strikes of the Low A finger. Versions of the birl are found throughout Light Music and Piobaireachd.
The Steps (Simple)
The Steps (Low A Birl)
The Steps (G Gracenoted Birl)
- This is a special embellishment, that should produce a rhythmic, "crackling" sound when executed properly.
- It can have either two or three steps, depending on what version of the birl is called for.
- The movement should produce two OR three even "sounds" or "syllables."
- Notice that the "simple" birl is played only from Low A to Low A. In modern piping, the Low A and G Gracenoted Birls are probably more commonly seen.
Low A & G Gracenoted Demonstration