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Subject: Re: chanter reed not playing

Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 21:59:46 05/21/02 Tue
In reply to: R Campbell 's message, "chanter reed not playing" on 21:17:57 05/21/02 Tue

Refusing to get a practice chanter is probably one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. This instrument is not like a guitar or piano, or any other insturment for that matter. You don't learn on the pipes, you learn "UP" to the pipes. As far as the reed goes, you'd know what to do if you practice with a practice chanter and studied with an instructor for about a year. Ridiculous!


>hello, I am new at the bagpipes, and thus far have
>refused to get a practise chanter. I cannot get the
>Chanter Reed to vibrate, it wont crow inside or
>outside the bag. do they need to be thinned? wet?
>open? or squeezed together? what am I doing wrong,
>have no problem with the drones. please help thank you
>R Campbell

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Date Posted: 09:41:33 05/22/02 Wed

stick with the practice chanter for now...
believe me - it worth it!
dont rush to the pipes, you'll just end up sorry about that.

and for the reed - put it in warm (not hot! body temp.) water for a few minutes, and then dry it carefully(!).
and then blow REALLY hard. if it sound like a crow, then the reed is good. otherwise it just really hard or its broken (if so, it probably can be seen)
but i strongly advice you to listen to my 1st advice.


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