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?
- It sounded great yesterday....
You're probably not fully warmed up yet, and/or your bagpipe hasn't acclimatized to the environment you're in. Remember, as we play, moisture will work its way into your reed. This process happens the same way every time you play, and you can get to know how long you can expect to have to play before things "settle."
We recommend a "soak" period for each practice session to help stabilize the reeds. Play for 10 minutes, let the pipes rest for 10 minutes. THEN go about tweaking any notes you need to. Although - if you do this process routinely - guess what? You won't need to tune much any more at all!
Questions? Don't hesitate to ask!