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Old 09-03-2017, 09:12 AM   #8
Green Piper
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Join Date: Oct 2008
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Default Re: Introductions

Practice chanter reeds in regular pipe chanters will not work because the blowing pressure on the pipes is much higher than on the PC.

Choice of reeds for your pipes is going to be based on a number of things, one being which make of drones they are. After that, issues such as sensitivity to unsteady blowing and moisture can affect the choice, then there's ease of setup and finally the sound.

The key is having a good instructor as he/she will be able to assist you with reed choices and pipe setup.

Also note that getting onto the full pipes is usually only undertaken after a couple of months on the PC. Even then, it can be quite a learning curve to master the art of even blowing, strength, and finger dexterity.

However, the end result is well worth it.

"Melancholy as the Drone of a Lancashire Bagpipe" (Behn, Aphra 1678. Sir Patient Fancy)
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