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Old 06-24-2019, 06:49 PM   #11
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Default Re: Picking the right reed

I must say I am finding all this very interesting.

I haven't played with a band in almost twenty years now and generally only play for myself these days with the occasional turn out when someone turns up at the door desperately looking for a piper for a local wedding or event. All this reed manipulation is new stuff to me that I'll need to learn. I have always just gone through what reeds I have available until I found one that I could blow without rupturing something and that worked OK.


When I was involved in playing in bands, around 1983 or so off and on until around 2000 the Pipey's I knew would go nuts if you so much as looked at a reed you were given let alone carving them up or sticking bridles on them etc.

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Old 06-24-2019, 09:22 PM   #12
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When I was involved in playing in bands, around 1983 or so off and on until around 2000 the Pipey's I knew would go nuts if you so much as looked at a reed you were given let alone carving them up or sticking bridles on.

Currently, I donít play with a band, but when I did, I didnít mess with the reeds issued by the PM.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:03 PM   #13
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Don't get hung up on the the terms easy, medium, hard etc...find and select a reed that vibrates freely regardless of strength..when you blow it in your mouth you can sense the level of vibration versus the amount of effort required to make it sound..this is so often overlooked..I reject any reed that does not vibrate freely...whether it's a result of how it's wrapped or more likely, the nature and composition of the cane blade itself..and it's the key to why people ask why do the top pipers have that elusive sound and why their pipes are often effortless to play..
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