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TITLE
A Chanter
EXTERNAL ID
AB_ACHILTIBUIE_007
PLACENAME
N/A
DATE OF IMAGE
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Achiltibuie Piping School
SOURCE
Achiltibuie Piping School
ASSET ID
253
KEYWORDS
chanters
recorders
bagpipes
A Chanter

This is the chanter of a Highland bagpipe. It is turned from a single piece of wood (usually African Blackwood) which has a conical hole bored lengthwise through its centre. It looks similar to a recorder, with a number of finger-holes which the piper covers and uncovers to produce a melody.

A chanter has a large tapered bore and a stiff reed. The swelling at the top of the chanter is known as the knob or bole; the narrow part below that is the neck; the flared lower length of pipe is the bell; and the ivory disc on the base is the sole. Sometimes the sole is made of plastic or metal and some newer-style chanters have no sole at all.

Many people who learn to play the pipes begin with a special practice chanter, which allows players to become used to the fingering before they move on to a full set of pipes.

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A Chanter

2000s

chanters; recorders; bagpipes

Achiltibuie Piping School

Bagpipes from Achiltibuie Piping School

This is the chanter of a Highland bagpipe. It is turned from a single piece of wood (usually African Blackwood) which has a conical hole bored lengthwise through its centre. It looks similar to a recorder, with a number of finger-holes which the piper covers and uncovers to produce a melody. <br /> <br /> A chanter has a large tapered bore and a stiff reed. The swelling at the top of the chanter is known as the knob or bole; the narrow part below that is the neck; the flared lower length of pipe is the bell; and the ivory disc on the base is the sole. Sometimes the sole is made of plastic or metal and some newer-style chanters have no sole at all.<br /> <br /> Many people who learn to play the pipes begin with a special practice chanter, which allows players to become used to the fingering before they move on to a full set of pipes.