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 the … Continue reading The Causes of Loose Sides and Why It Matters
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…