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"What Is a Crunluath?"

"What Is a Crunluath?"


A crunluath is a movement of embellishment that is found in most piobaireachd.

It can be played from all the notes on the chanter and will always end on an E. The term crunluath can also be used to describe a section or variation in a piobaireachd.

The crunluath movement is written as:

It will most commonly be abbreviated in a piobaireachd score as:

The note above the “C” is the note that the movement starts from.

A crunluath is played in 5 steps. The first 3 steps are the same as a taorluath.

Step 0: Start with a G gracenote any note (the theme note)
Step 1: Play a low G
Step 2: Play D gracenote on low G
Step 3: Play E gracenote on low A
Step 4: Play F gracenote on low A
Step 5: Play E

This image shows the steps of a crunluath:

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David Lairson David has been playing the bagpipes for over 20 years. He is an instructor and soloist with the Palm Beach Pipes & Drums and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band. David is active in the Florida competition circuit, and when he is not practicing or playing he works as a computer technician. He currently lives in sunny South Florida.