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Tape on chanter

Should one use tape over the chanter holes to tune? If so, is there a limit to how many holes can be taped?

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Jun 25, 2015
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Lou.
I agree with most of what you said recently. Beware though, that the high G hole taping when getting close to halfway might tend to squeal on high G grace notes on the low A and low G. I like your comment on the lack of timbre which I have suspected for years even in bands tending to lack the necassary good clarity of sound. I find that the most common notes for taping can be D, F, and high G when too sharp.
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Bill

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Taping Chanters
by: Lou Henningsen

Tape is a great tool to make individual notes flat. If reed manipulation can get most of the holes tuning correctly, tape up to half of the hole is probably a good idea. When taping, part of the volume is reduced, and some of the timber of the overall chanter sound is impacted. Even with perfect pitch, volume and timber may make it less than a pleasant sound. This is especially true when covering most of many holes. We can get away with it in a band more than as a solo pipers. In any case, it is better to have all notes as close as we can get them.

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