7th October,  2018

8 Tips to choose Oboe Reeds

8 Tips to choose Oboe Reeds

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My name is Nuria Cabezas and today I have prepared a post in which we will learn how to choose and try oboe reeds.

Tips and tricks to make a good selection that covers our personal needs and priorities.

Tip 1: Tied

We must pay attention to the fact that the thread of the reed covers exactly the length of the staple and that the reed doesn’t lose any air. If the measure of the staple is, for example 47mm, the last row of thread must correspond to that measure and never exceed it because that fact would drown the reed.

To see that the reed does not lose air, we make the following verification:
We observe the reed on the sides and check that both parts of the wood fit perfectly one to the other.

Another way to verify that the reed is tied straight with respect to the staple is to look at it from the end of the staple, with one of the eyes closed. The image that we must see is a circumference crossed by a horizontal line, corresponding to the opening of the reed. If the line we observe is not totally horizontal, the ideal would be to tie that reed again.

Tip 2: Vibration

The reed should be able to vibrate, check this point by playing only the reed as follows:
The sound we should hear is a snore.

Tip 3: Answer of the reed in the different registers

Another fundamental aspect is to test the response of the reed in the registers low, medium and high. It must work for all of them.

Tip 4: Stability

One trick that I like to check is the stability of the reed. For that we need to pay attention in how the octave change occurs between the notes A4 and A5.
Without making big changes in pressure and embouchure see the tuning and ease of the emission in the octave change.

Tip 5: Tuning

Tuning is one of the most important issues. We must verify that the tuning of the reed is stable in each of the registers, checking the notes one by one. For this we will use a tuner.

Tip 6: Sound balance between registers

We will check at this point that the sound volume is balanced between registers, avoiding a big difference between the low and high registers. Because normally is huge in the low and tiny in the high register.

Tip 7: Articulation

We will check basic articulation as legato, staccato, portato, etc. Ideally, the reed would work for all of them.

Tip 8: Proper hardness for us

Playing with reeds that are too strong or too soft for us can be really painful. It is very important to find the point of hardness that allows us to be able to play relaxed and, at the same time, to be able to count on stability in support.

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