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Old 01-30-2020, 07:21 PM   #1
Jim Sloan
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Squeak
High G grace note on F.
3 of my 4 chanters
Solid medium newer reeds
Cold weather North Florida
50-60’ Fahrenheit
Never had the squeaks on a medium read before but never practiced much in the cold.

Weather? What’s up?
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:55 AM   #2
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Too much tape on high G?

60’F ..cold ?... maybe relocate to Singapore?

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Old 01-31-2020, 09:15 AM   #3
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The usual culprits are:

- Too much tape on hi-G
- Reed too far into the reed seat
- Reed playing too dry
- Cooler temperatures contribute

You don't mention what kind of reed you play. I find that ridge-cut reeds are more vulnerable to this than molded ones.
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Old 01-31-2020, 09:17 AM   #4
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Squeak
High G grace note on F.
3 of my 4 chanters
Solid medium newer reeds
Cold weather North Florida
50-60’ Fahrenheit
Never had the squeaks on a medium read before but never practiced much in the cold.

Weather? What’s up?
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Too much tape on high G?

60’F ..cold ?... maybe relocate to Singapore?
Haha, had a similar reaction. Average temps year round here in the PNW are 55F which I find great, but visiting friends from California think is "winter"

However, I too find almost all of my chanters pretty sharp on High G to the point of 1/3 to 1/2 the HG hole taped. Have no idea why this is always a problem no matter the chanter everywhere in the world, you'd think a maker would have figured out how to internally step the High G to flatten it somehow.

What's worked for me which I learned from Chris Apps is to give the reeds a very light poke to open the staple (once they have already been broken in). It spreads the lips slightly which flattens the HG. Downside is it can also affect F and/or make the reed slightly harder to blow (since the blades are farther apart) so insert your poker until it rests on the staple and then give it just a hint more pressure. Play a tune, repeat as necessary.
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Old 01-31-2020, 11:00 AM   #5
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High G gracenote from F to F or ...?
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:51 PM   #6
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Ridge cut reeds

Two of the offending chanters have high G 1/4 taped , the other more than 1/2
But the one that does not squeak also has more than 1/2
High G grace note to lower hand - had to rethink that, thanks Patrick. Especially low A
And yes it’s 60’f and I am cold lol!!!!!
I can try the poker but the cold won’t last more than a few more days if that’s it
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Reeds are not dry I use tone savers on all.

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Old 01-31-2020, 12:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for getting me thinking 😎
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:28 AM   #8
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Look up reed techniques online- ( Shawn Husk, Chris Apps, for examples) rather than taping the G hole, you can scrape or sand the reed near the mouth end to lower a sharp top hand. You may find the G is sharp when you start because the reed is too dry- a little moisture will fix that.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:38 PM   #9
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An issue I have in the cold is that I can't feel the chanter so well, and sometimes I fail to cover the holes properly and squeaking noises pop out while playing. But that's usually when it's actually freezing ...
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