There are many different ways you can tune a chanter:
- Change Tape
- Raise-sink a reed.
- Lick a Reed
- Adjust a Bridle on the Reed
- Shave a Reed.
- Poke a Reed
- Carve out a chanter hole.
What is the best way to tune your chanter in the following scenario?
Low A is in tune, but many of the other notes seem "off".
- You're fully warmed up.
This is a common problem! Believe it or not, Low A is a note that changes more than most other notes as you warm up, or as environmental conditions change.
What to do:
- Test some of the other common notes using the blow trick.
- Are they flat or sharp to the drones?
- Adjust the drones to be in tune with the other notes (or the majority of the other notes).
- Then, adjust the tape on the Low A to bring it into tune with the rest of the chanter.
- Be careful though! This will be a moot procedure if you're not fully warmed up yet.
Questions? Don't hesitate to ask!