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Chanter Tuning Brain Game #3
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Chanter Tuning Brain Game #3

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brainThere 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.
  • Etc.

What is the best way to tune your chanter in the following scenario?

Scenario:

You've played for a few minutes, and man, the High G is SHARP!

Clues:

  • It sounded great yesterday....
Show Me the Answer!!!
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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!

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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com

Comment(16)

  1. The chanter needs time to settle and come into pitch if its still out after playing a couple of sets tape the top of the hole if all the other notes are in tune

  2. I warm it first breathing through the reed IN its seat,
    then I hold it between my Thumb and middle finger
    (why these two?..dunno).
    THEN I play for a few minutes.
    This seems to usually reduce the 10 minute warming.

  3. Lick the tip- if the high A is a little on the high side along with the high G, or move the tape to flatten if all is good with the other notes of the chanter.

  4. If I've played the same amount of warmup time as yesterday, then I'll use tape to flatten. My personal set up requires 5 minutes for everything to settle in. Got lucky this year. Minimal to no tape required.

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