A clean reed is a happy reed.
Cleaning your reeds can help extend the life and sound of them which, in the long run, will save you money.
I have a Vandoren reed resurfacer or a small square mirror I like to use as a flat surface when doing so. On the reed resurfacer I use the flat, non-abrasive side of course.
I soak my reeds for about a minute or two in like warm water.
Pull it out and lay it on the surface and kind of run my nail down the vamp. You’ll notice the discolour leave the cane.
The great thing this does is, if you’re going to practice, rehearse or perform. It conditions it to have sealed pores and if it is a good reed. It should last you a good run of songs.
In long performances, I like to use multiple reeds. Rotating, if you will.
After the performance I will do the cleaning again. Your spit breaks the cane down so removing as much of it as possible helps slow the deterioration of this dense grass we call “reeds”.
Hope this helps!
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I am in trouble. :( I seem to have hit a wall and no matter what I do I can't break it down. I have college auditions on the 2nd, but the pieces I want to play are no where near performance ready. I've been practicing but I can't practice very long without getting fatigued. Do you have practice tips for me?
Your embouchure is made up of muscles like any muscles, yes they need to be worked out, but you also need to give them time to recover. Make sure you’re not overtaxing them and playing in front of a mirror is a great way to see what you’re actually doing with your face.
Hope this helps,
Who makes the best baroque oboe reeds for Denner in "pro" style and why and which gouger and tip and staple combination eventually works for the Toshi Denner? Let's also get into the little bocals and who makes them and how? Many kind regards from Australia. Joel Marangella, 1st Oboe Solo, West Australia
I’m not sure. I’ll have to find someone who knows. Hopefully someone who follows this blog can answer.