The Royal Scots Cap Badge

Easy, Medium or Hard

by Bobby

Hi Bill,

When is it time to move up on reeds?

I am a beginning piper and I am thinking if I move up on reed strength, it may help with some issues. Some of these issues being (on practice chanter) volume and intonation, and on my pipes a double tone (?) on my low A and G. Any opinions or advice would be helpful.


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Nov 10, 2016
Easy medium or hard NEW
by: Bil Robertson

Hello Bobby,
With your practice chanter try good quality plastic reeds that tonally are usually good and long lasting if having good blade binding/fitting.
Regarding the gurgling etc., on the chanter low G and low A - it indicates that the reed most likely is far too weak. However, for a beginner a reed needs to be not too hard to blow, yet not too easy within reason.
A good guide that sould help is in our website for you on this concerning commencing to play the pipes, positioning of the pipes, good posture, reed setting and tuning. On left main page open Bagpipe articles, then scroll to tuning etc., then commencing to play etc., in three stages with text, pictures, and videos to help. Take a stage at a time until ready for the next steps including some reed setting. Any further questions - simply ask. All the best -- Bill R

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