Posts tagged “reeds”

May 24, 2018

Q&A: Reeds

Answers to questions submitted for the blog's 10th anniversary.

February 11, 2016

Beginners, parents, and making double reeds

If you are a parent or band director of a young oboist or bassoonist, here is what you need to know about reedmaking.

October 17, 2015

The double reeds and “uneven” embouchures

Well-formed oboe and bassoon embouchures require attention to angle and overbite (respectively) to produce the best sounds with the least effort.

October 6, 2014

Review: ReedGeek “Universal” reed tool

I’m a little late to the party on this, as the ReedGeek has been around for a number of years now and has been widely reviewed, but I finally picked one up (at ClarinetFest) after a long conversation/demonstration with inventor Mauro Di Gioia.  I have been using mine for a few months now and wanted ...

March 8, 2014

Misconceptions about saxophone-to-clarinet doubling

If you expect to play the clarinet decently well, you're going to have to do all the same things you did to play the saxophone decently well: obtain good quality equipment, seek out quality instruction, practice regularly and well, and listen to lots of fine playing.

June 30, 2012

Play reeds that fit

During a rare visit to a music store this week, I overheard a very young clarinetist asking a salesperson to help him locate some unusually stiff reeds. The salesperson was as surprised as was I that the young man was interested in such an extreme equipment choice—but apparently for different reasons. “You must be very talented ...

February 26, 2012

Evaluating reeds

Photo, chelseagirl There are three things to consider when evaluating a reed. I consider these same factors for either single or double reeds, and prioritize them in this order. Response. The overriding concern for me is that the reed responds exactly as I expect it to. A reed that is stiff, sluggish, stuffy, or otherwise ...

July 20, 2011

Review: Rico reed cases

I’ve been trying out the Rico single and double reed cases. These are plastic cases that can optionally accommodate Rico’s “Reed Vitalizer” packets, which, according to Rico, help keep your reeds at your desired humidity level. The single reed case holds eight reeds, baritone saxophone or smaller, and the double reed case holds five double ...

March 9, 2011

Don’t adjust your best reed

Photo, stonelucifer I worked on reeds today (both single and double). My favorite reed tip: don’t adjust your best one. Adjust some others until one of them is the best, and then go back and work on the first one if you like. Adjusting reeds can be a little risky, so gamble on a reed ...

February 22, 2011

More free reeds from Rico

Rico seems to be continuing their push to get their reeds into players’ cases for an audition. I wrote a couple of years ago about their “Make the Switch” promotion, in which I scored some free Rico Jazz Select tenor reeds. With their current promotion, through the Woodwind and the Brasswind, you order a box ...
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