Oboe reeds – sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t! In the pre-COVID days, you could bring the reeds to your teacher, who would make a few mysterious scrapes and VOILA - the reed plays beautifully. But it's difficult to adjust reeds over Zoom This online workshop will teach you how to adjust reeds with a minimum of equipment and little or no experience making reeds.
We’ll delve into how to adjust completed oboe reeds that just need a bit of a tweak. What can you do if the reed is too hard to blow? Too sharp? Too flat? Too open? Too closed? Too stuffy? Too quacky?
Are you hesitant to take a knife to your reeds? We’ll start with making minor changes with files and sandpaper.
I’ll demonstrate adjustments that can be done with items that you may have around the house or can purchase inexpensively at Home Depot or Amazon.
And we’ll finish with adjustments that use a minimum of tools: a reed knife, plaque, and cutting block. I’ll show you how to hold a reed knife properly and suggest ways to practice scraping without destroying pricy reeds.
If you’re interested, please send me an email with the date of the workshop. I’ll send you a Zoom link, an invoice, and a handout with a list of tools and summary of the basic adjustments covered in the workshop.
The next two workshops are scheduled:
Saturday, March 5, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Sunday, March 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
The fee is $50 for the two-hour session, payable in advance please.