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 Post subject: Practice chanter
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:17 pm 
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I want to learn to play the bagpipe, being such expensive instruments, I want to start with a practice chanter. Any recommendation?


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 Post subject: Re: Practice chanter
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:46 pm 
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Hi! My first post here. Practice chanter is highly recommended as you will use it the rest of your piping life. I would recommend a plastic chanter from one of the big makers like McCallum, Hardie, Dunbar, or Gibson. Shouldn't cost you much more than 50 usd. Lots of custom makers as well if you want a nice wooden one although I would hold off on that until you know you'll continue on with it, wooden practice chanters do not sound any better than plastic imo. The pipes are fairly hard to play and you may decide it's not for you (hopefully it is!) Good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:42 am 
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Your profile says you are located in Colombia so that begs the question: which type of bagpipe do you wish to learn? Getting a practice chanter for that type of pipe would be important but even more important would be to make contact with a local bagpipe player, if one exists, who can help you pick out an appropriate practice chanter and get you started properly with technique.

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 Post subject: Re: Practice chanter
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Assuming you mean Scottish Highland practice chanters, my current favourites to play are

1) Gibson long with Gibson reed (plain polypenco/delrin, with metal ring/band)

2) McCallum long with John Walsh reed (plain polypenco/delrin)

Here is what two off-the-shelf Gibson long practice chanters with Gibson reeds sound like, played together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4lw8-3Jf9w

There's a Scottish Pipe Band Association in South America

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_ ... th_America

At the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow 2007 I met the guys in the Scottish Link Pipe Band from Brazil. It's the only South American pipe band I saw there at the Worlds.

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