The bagpipe practice chanter is a double reed instrument which is used as a practice option for the Great Highland Bagpipe. Firstly, the practice chanter requires much less air and is easier to blow than a full set of pipes, so it is commonly used by beginners to learn proper fingering and basic play. After learning basic skills, the beginner can advance to a full set of pipes. Secondly, a practice chanter is much quieter than a set of bagpipes, so it is more suitable for indoor practice even for experienced players. It also has the added benefit of being easier to tune and maintain than the full bagpipe.
This practice chanter is hand crafted from solid red cedar and painted matte black, and it features a black plastic mouthpiece. It is approximately 19 inches long when assembled, and a practice chanter reed is included. The finger hole spacing is similar to a full drone pipe, with the exception of the lower two holes, which are spaced a little closer. It is tuned to the key of B flat.
Note: Even though the practice chanter has a reed included, it should be changed regularly. Please see below under related items for Mid-East's Roosebeck Practice Chanter Reed.
Played by itself, this is the first step to learning the bagpipes. The chanter is engraved nickeled ferrule and sole, and includes reed. It is approximately 22.5 inches long when assembled. The finger spacing is a little larger than the BAGL.