Practice chanter

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by Alexander Glen, Edinburgh c. 1860

Postcard of Practice chanter.
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Practice chanter

Practice chanter made by Alexander Glen of Edinburgh, c. 1860.

The practice chanter is used by pipers for learning and practicing the music of the bagpipe. It has a narrow cylindrical bore and uses a double reed with long blades. It is softer toned and deeper pitched than the bagpipe chanter.

Alexander Glen (1801-1873) was a founder member of the Glen bagpipe making family or 'dynasty' in Edinburgh. He was born in Inverkeithing, Fife, and was an older brother of Thomas McBean Glen (1804-1873). He is known to have had premises in West Register Street and Saint Andrew Square from 1846 until 1869, and was making a variety of bagpipes as an advertisement of 1847 shows. These were mainly different sizes of Highland bagpipe but he included 'Union or Lowcountry pipes of all descriptions made to order'. He began publishing bagpipe music with a Complete Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe in 1840 and The Piper's Assistant in 1843 with Angus Mackay.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-714-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LT 147
Date: c.1860 (date of manufacture)
Who: Alexander Glen (manufacturer)
The Museum of Piping, Glasgow (place of display)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh (place of manufacture)
Description: Practice chanter.
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