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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:41 am 
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Several years ago I acquired a Cillian O'Briain D chanter and am very pleased with it, except for the fact that I can't get a good and consistent off-the-knee E with it. I've communicated with a couple of people who play a COB set and they say that that note is prone to go into the high octave if too much pressure is applied to it. This is fine, except when I play regulator notes with it. Does anyone who play COB chanters have any alternate fingerings they use, or any advice to give regarding this? Thanks.


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Had'nt you better say what fingering you ARE using ?

I've never had a COB in my hands but I'm interested in the topic.


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Hi Geoff! For an off-the-knee E, ring finger up, pinky down. (On-the-knee E: both ring finger and pinky up.)


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Ceann Cromtha wrote:
Hi Geoff! For an off-the-knee E, ring finger up, pinky down. (On-the-knee E: both ring finger and pinky up.)



So you are looking for a Hard E , or perhaps just an open chanter ( legato) E ... Ok.


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Yep!


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Ceann Cromtha wrote:
For an off-the-knee E, ring finger up, pinky down.


My COB chanter will yield an acceptable off-the-knee E with that fingering; a hair sharp, but the bottom two "hard" notes are supposed to be a touch sharp, eh? In any event, it doesn't jump octaves.

Does your chanter have a rush in it? Both Kieran O'Hare and Blackie O'Connell (both play COB sets) told me that pretty all much all of COB's chanters need a rush. Kieran's is a "broom straw" (fishing or trimmer line?) that goes all the way up the chanter. Blackie made a rush for the bottom of mine from the wrapper on a pack of fags.

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An Draighean wrote:
Ceann Cromtha wrote:
For an off-the-knee E, ring finger up, pinky down.


My COB chanter will yield an acceptable off-the-knee E with that fingering; a hair sharp, but the bottom two "hard" notes are supposed to be a touch sharp, eh? In any event, it doesn't jump octaves.

Does your chanter have a rush in it? Both Kieran O'Hare and Blackie O'Connell (both play COB sets) told me that pretty all much all of COB's chanters need a rush. Kieran's is a "broom stick" (fishing or trimmer line?) that goes all the way up the chanter. Blackie made a rush for the bottom of mine from the wrapper on a pack of fags.


Thanks. I'll try this. I'd been told by a student of COB that a paperclip in the bell was all that was needed. Without a rush, the chanter is spot on in its tuning.


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