|As with any instrument, a good teacher is invaluable. You may also wish to consider one of the tutorials listed in "The Printed Word", below. Also, you'd be well advised to find one or more good books or pamphlets on reed making. Uilleann pipers should learn to make reeds early and often. Uilleann pipe reeds seem to be significantly less "interchangeable" than Highland pipe reeds. In other words, a chanter reed that works well in one UP chanter may not work well at all in yours. Unless you know of a good reed maker in your area, you're going to be making and/or tweaking your own reeds.