|The first thing you'll want to do is get a practice chanter, as you'll put in a fair amount of time on it before you move on to the pipes. You'll also use it throughout your piping life, so it may be best to get a good one right at the start. The practice chanter is just that - a pipe chanter which is used for practice. It consists of a chanter body, a mouthpiece, and a reed. Practice chanters come in "short" and "long" sizes, where "long" practice chanters are those which approximate the size of the real pipe chanter. Many people advocate the use of a long practice chanter, claiming that it's easier to transition to the pipe chanter.