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How can i stop my bagpipe chanter to stop making a sour note?

by Danielle
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Every time I directly blow air into the chanter while it`s on the low G it makes a very sour, and high pitched noise. It doesn`t even sound like a bagpipe chanter, more like a fire truck siren. I need help to understand how I can fix it and or why it's doing that?

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Feb 15, 2015
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Danielle,
My first thought is that you might be misfingering when sounding low G causing the chanter sound to squeal. It might be that the chanter reed is far too easing to blow and over-blowing making the sound
you mention.
I suggest that there must be a pipe band near where you live to seek more direct help. Also send the reed back to the supplier with your comments - and ask for an assessment of the reed etc.
Regards,

Bill

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by: Anonymous

Hello Danielle,
My first thought is that you might be misfingering when sounding low G causing the chanter sound to squeal. It might be that the chanter reed is far too easing to blow and over-blowing making the sound
you mention.
I suggest that there must be a pipe band near where you live to seek more direct help. Also send the reed back to the supplier with your comments - and ask for an assessment of the reed etc.
Regards,

Bill

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