Building harmony: a pipes|drums Feature Series

Published: March 31, 2009

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe-Major Richard Parkes begins the subscribers-only series with a discussion of the placement of harmony in medleys to gain the best musical effect for listeners, complete with numerous audio examples

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To ease the blowing-in period of a chanter reed, simply press the reed firmly in the lowest part of the blades between the finger and thumb until you feel both blades ease gently together. Continue to do this and keep blowing the reed until you find the reed giving an acceptible weight.
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