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I’m trying to play my new chanter (or pipes) but only get one note.

This is a common problem caused by the player not covering all the holes properly. In most cases, it is the hole at the rear of the chanter that is not fully covered. If this is uncovered, the rest of the holes become ineffective and only one note is produced. This hole should be covered (More...)

Is there a trick to making the pipes or chanter play?

The reed should sit firmly in the reed seat of the bottom part of the chanter. The top part should then fit over the reed and form a firm fit over the yellow hemp. The chanter is now ready to play. If you just blow through the top of the chanter, you should get a (More...)