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Subject: Re: How early is too early?

Jeff Crain
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Date Posted: 12:27:54 12/04/01 Tue
In reply to: Piping Dad 's message, "How early is too early?" on 10:13:24 12/04/01 Tue

I'm no expert on this but I do have kids this age. Anytime they show such desire, I try to fulfill it. You never know where their passion will lead.
Several chanters are made in children sizes. My daughter uses one. So, I don't suppose the chanter will be an issue. However, I am a little concerned about what will happen in a year or so when you move him up to the pipes. That may be another issue altogether. I feel confident that no matter what the naysayers tell me, there is enough talent out there to assist with the fitting (reeds, bag, etc) of pipes to a child this age. But you and I will cross that bridge when we get to it. Go for it!

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[> Subject: Re: How early is too early?

Scottie Girl
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Date Posted: 04:08:19 12/05/01 Wed

>I have a five year old son and he sticks to me like
>glue whenever I play...he loves the bagpipes. I want
>to teach him but at what age do you start? He
>expresses a real interest and asks me a thousand
>questions whenever I play, but is he too young to get
>a chanter in his hands and begin going over the scale?
> My concern is that he's too young and he'll look at
>it like a toy, not a musical instrument. Anyone out
>there have any advice or been through this with their

Get him a half size practice chanter. I started at 5 and am now 13 and still love it. My older brother started at 4 and is now 16 and is playing in grade 1. It's the greatest hobbie around.

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