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?
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?
Learning to make oboe reeds takes a lot of time and patience, there's no doubt about that. To become a good reed maker one must develop a heightened awareness of tiny details, have patience, and have the ability to take risks and problem-solve. There are many pitfalls new reed makers can fall into but there … Continue reading Three Common Mistakes New Reed Makers Make
Are you struggling to keep the pitch up in your upper octaves but playing sharp all the time? How about having a lot of fatigue or struggling to keep your sound focused as you play? If this sounds like you, you might be a victim of having reeds with loose sides!! ACK!!! Ok, so what's … Continue reading The Causes of Loose Sides and Why It Matters
The candy shop. For a panda, it’s bamboo. For my cat, it’s the treats sitting on my kitchen counter. For a bookworm, it’s the used book store down the street. For an eight year old, it’s literally the candy shop. And for an oboist it’s the double reed supply store. ☺️ I am in SO … Continue reading My Favorite Reed Making Tools Right Now…
My team and I are preparing to launch into a series of recitals, auditions and symphonic performances. Commander Data has been experimenting with different shaper tips, types of cane and a variety of staples in order to find a suitable balance of reed making algorithms that will achieve an outcome that is pleasing to all... … Continue reading Captain’s Log: Oboe Reed 44932.3
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
If you play the oboe, or bassoon, or really any reed instrument you probably can relate to this question quite well. We all know how it is. You're geared up to practice today. You have big performance, or jury, recital or audition coming up and you must practice. You soak your reeds, pull out your … Continue reading Is it worth practicing when your reeds suck?
It is often said from some of the best oboe teachers that once your reed is tied on it is 75% (or some similar figure) finished. However, newer reed makers tend to be a little more obsessed with the scraping, adjusting, and other parts of the reed. In fact, tying on a good blank (a … Continue reading Why is it so important to have a good blank?
I was recently talking to a good friend and colleague about reeds and we were discussing the issue that always comes up with oboists...... terrible reeds... and what percentage of them actually turn out to be usable. 😑😥😭 When I’m struggling with reeds and I'm having a bad night, I’ve sort of adopted the philosophy … Continue reading When Your Reeds Are Winning…