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In 67.81 % it might help if you squeezed the tips of the blades (the tips only! - they are thin and nothing bad can happen) You squeeze them by thumb and index-finger and (carefully!) use the other hand for aid. That way you bring the fibres of the blades even closer together. If you suck the reed (by "puffing" - not by lung) it should close "tick" and if you then keep on sucking: The more airtight it closes, the better the reed. What you do speaking in terms of Physics: You optimize Bernoulli´s effect (faster streaming air creates lower pressure and sucks the blades together). Well - try it anyway.
I'm not sure but I have a feeling that to change the tone from the first fingering to the second would require making the reed play a little sharper. You could experiment with opening the eye of the staple just a little more - but of course you would be sharpening more notes than just your C natural. I actually like the more open fingering for C natural. On my chanter I play it x 0xx x00x.
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