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Old 09-20-2016, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Colin Kyo Chanter

So I've been struggling with my fingering, bad grips, pathetic d-throws, shocking birls and just generally bad playing to the point where I thought, what am I doing all this for.

After reading some of the comments on this forum, I decided to add a Colin Kyo Chanter to my growing stock (McCallum, Shepherd and Hardie) in the slim hope that there would be some improvement - otherwise the whole lot would go to a good home.

I was amazed at the difference in my playing instantly... boy those grips sound amazing, no bad notes where my fingers only half covered the holes, no (to my ear anyway) crossing noises and just the pure sound of clean playing!!!

The spacing of the holes on this chanter suit my short little fingers perfectly and with that, my confidence - I CAN play and get an amazing Low G!!
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:09 AM   #2
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Obviously instrument does help, but given how long you've been working on it I'd suspect your hand position isn't working for you. When a finger goes down to the chanter it should just be falling and landing on the hole, not being placed as such.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:49 AM   #3
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I too notice a difference in my playing going between the Colin Kyo chanter and some other chanters. I'm glad you found it!
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:56 AM   #4
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Yes, I don't know how Murray does it, but his chanter is a dream to play.
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:06 PM   #5
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Obviously instrument does help, but given how long you've been working on it I'd suspect your hand position isn't working for you. When a finger goes down to the chanter it should just be falling and landing on the hole, not being placed as such.
I have a Kyo chanter that I really like the feel of. Sometimes I am not sure about the projection but that is a separate discussion as it seems quite reed dependant. They have a great feel and are very true up the scale.

A while back I changed my bag and just became unable to play as I knew I could - my hands were sore after playing, i didn't seem to be able to hold the chanter (including the Kyo) properly, use the bottom hand effectively and things reached the point where I was seriously thinking if giving up - after more than 50 years of playing.

And then for an unrelated reason I replaced my current bag with an old one that I had played a few years back and the difference was like magic. Everything was as it should be, the playing much better and comfort perfect. And I reach the holes on all my chanters etc.

So, the lesson is,if you are battling, look at everything, not just the obvious.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:16 PM   #6
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I may just have to go get one. Been massively loving my McM2 lately, but who knows...
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:44 PM   #7
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Work on your technique with a good instructor and you will be able to play any chanter.
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:25 AM   #8
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Work on your technique with a good instructor and you will be able to play any chanter.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:43 AM   #9
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Work on your technique with a good instructor and you will be able to play any chanter.
True, but not all chanters are created equal. There is something special about Murray's chanters and pipes.
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