The English Horn reed is a thin strip of synthetic material that is used as a mouthpiece. The act of tying a reed refers to reshaping it, or using a knife to scrape away small pieces of the reed. This makes the reed more stable and reduces the amount of time that it takes to break in and produce the notes with accuracy and clarity.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Sharpen your knife with another knife by scraping the blades together. This is extremely important for tying the reed.

I read this here


  1. I like the part about “moderately easy”. In what alternate universe would that be???

  2. Yeah, that cracked me up, to be sure. Especially in my current reed situation. Sigh.