Taming the reed

After struggling with two new reeds ( supposedly low pressure…!) I finally am managing to play complete tunes on them, although there are still some patches where I lose the battle with the reed to a greater or lesser extend.

Below are two of my first attempts at playing a complete tune with the new reed ( and my strengthened diaphragm).

Warning: I only have two tenor drones open at this stage and the setup is totally untuned. I’ll be returning to the tuning part of my education shortly… as soon as I have ordered another set of chanter reeds.

The Dark Island

The Skye Boat Song

and the old standard, Amazing Grace,

2 thoughts on “Taming the reed

  1. I remember when I was first started on the pipes, I didn’t have a clue if the drones were in tune or not. I’d just pick them up and play them. Too busy thinking about what my fingers were doing to even care! Or notice…

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