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Subject: Re: Reed strength

Randall Paine
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Date Posted: 12:37:59 01/16/02 Wed
In reply to: Will 's message, "Reed strength" on 10:20:19 01/16/02 Wed

interesting points. now if i can just get my pm to understand this and stop making me blow this piece of lumber......

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Date Posted: 20:57:55 01/18/02 Fri

Will: I really agree with your post. There is definately a point of dimishing returns with reed strength. I've spent plenty of time with reeds that didn't allow for the finger work. I've also spent some time with reeds that were simply too easily blown sharp.

For me, there is definately a "pocket" between too easy and too hard of a reed. Comfort and steadiness is paramount. It does take time to figure out what is best for each person. A PM is not going to have the time to do this. It's up to the individual.

Some folks think it is not necessary to have two chanters, but if someone is in a band, and wants to learn to blow tone without using 2x4s it would be wise to aquire a second chanter with which one can experiment. Leave the band chanter alone, it's for the band.

Purchasing a second chanter that I can experiment with was the start of my advancement in learning about reeds. I'm not knocking bands or PMs, I just mean that one cannot expect to recieve the necessary attention one needs to build embrasure, and tone, while maintaining steady fingerwork from a PM. It's more of a solo journey, unless one has a private instructor who will spend the needed time and attention on this aspect of one's piping.

A second chanter is an option one should consider. MHO.



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