Opening the mouth

 

Opening the mouth

There are two ways of opening the mouth: Gently squeeze both ‘corners’ of the Bridle between thumb and forefinger in a pinching action towards each other once or twice. Looking at the mouth as you do this you will notice the blades flexing apart, you might not notice that there has been any change but the change may be extremely slight and imperceptible, and a slight change can make all of the difference. Having performed this action once or twice return the chanter with reed to the windway and test. You must do this repeatedly until you have achieved the desired result. The second way of opening the mouth is by using your thumb nail on the ‘corner’ of the Bridle to carefully push the bridle upwards towards the mouth, usually a movement of no more than 1mm or less is necessary. You can actually make a very slight adjustment by simply moving only one side of the bridle up by 0.5 – 1mm. If this is not enough then push the other side up by the same degree Using the guidelines from these notes you should be able to keep your chanter playing in tune with itself, producing a good tone and playing at a comfortable pressure.