05. January 2013 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online, Reed Making

So I’ve been playing oboe for a year and been on a medium reed. Is there anything higher than this, or is medium where it stops?
I’m fairly good, I practice an hour a day. My favorite medium reed just died a couple days ago and I have to get a new one, and I am just curious.
Thank you!

I tend to roll my eyes at reed strengths. I roll them especially with machine made reeds. There is some sort of assumption that if you make reeds exactly the same their strength will be the same. Trouble is, we are dealing with plant life. Pieces of cane are not identical. This is one reason we have to know how to work on reeds. You could order 10 medium reeds and find that some feel hard and some feel soft.

I have very few students who make reeds. Try as I might, I can’t convince them to get to it. I must admit, though, that I don’t push it. Unless I have a student who is planning on majoring in music I tend to be somewhat relaxed about the issue. I suppose this is due to the fact that I absolutely despise making reeds. Heck, I’d never make another reed in my life if I could get away with it!

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