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Old 04-14-2018, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Practice/fake practice chanters

I've been making practice practice chanters in shop with my kids, they are often ADHD and need fidgets in class or they will drive everyone nuts with pencil tapping and squishing water bottles. I make a practice chanter bottom with about 1/4 in holes or so and put it on a leather strap and the kids can practice their fingering in class that way. Has anyone else done this? I'm thinking at some point I'll try and sell a few, we have a ton of walnut, hickory and cherry wood and we make them just like a chanter but without the bore. I dont know how to post a photo on here but you can see them on Mark Shaversclass on FB too.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Let me know if that link works.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:37 AM   #2
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[snipped] I make a practice chanter bottom with about 1/4 in holes or so and put it on a leather strap and the kids can practice their fingering in class that way. Has anyone else done this? I'm thinking at some point I'll try and sell a few, we have a ton of walnut, hickory and cherry wood and we make them just like a chanter but without the bore. I dont know how to post a photo on here but you can see them on Mark Shaversclass on FB too.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

Let me know if that link works.
Yes, your link works fine. Each
newbie in every group I've started,
(for decades) received a very
similar 'practice stick' on the first
day: a 1/2-inch dowel section,
drilled on a purpose-made jig.

Those note-hole locations, just
like yours, are easy to feel.

Once their chanters are ordered
and delivered, they've completed
two weeks of the basic fingering
exercises. Newbie noises are
minimal, delays avoided.

Instructors, especially, should
find these useful.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Practice/fake practice chanters

I have two autistic kids who had to have one just as a fidget so am hoping at some point I can get them to try out the regular chanter as well. I used dowels for my 1.0 version then the kids were on the lathe and I thought "hmmmm....."
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