Does it matter how your reed looks?

When we first start learning how to make reeds, spending a lot of time on how it looks is very common and normal. After all there’s the actual scrape pattern, there’s how it looks against a backlight, how thick different parts of the reed are, how well the blank is tied on and so much … Continue reading Does it matter how your reed looks?

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Why is my reed playing sharp AND flat?

Also known as playing "flarp," playing sharp AND flat is one of the hallmark problems of reed making. You can't seem to get in tune with ANYONE and you also tire easily when you play. It's such a drag! The truth is I can answer this question in one sentence; your reed is most likely … Continue reading Why is my reed playing sharp AND flat?

Three Things You Need to Improve That Will Help You Make Better Reeds

Every oboist wants to make better reeds. It's in our blood. I'll never forget the first time I played the oboe. I played a Bb and the sound was so lovely. The reed had this awesome resistance that created a life-long drug-like addiction of trying to get that perfect reed again. First, of course, it … Continue reading Three Things You Need to Improve That Will Help You Make Better Reeds