How to Break in a New Oboe Reed
Before playing, an oboist should soak their new oboe strings. This allows them to get to know the reed better and prevents them from getting clogged. Next, crowing the reed will wake it up. Smooth crows indicate that the reed is more flexible and can be played more easily. Once the reed has been soaked, place it in the oboe by stapling it flat and in line with the keys.
Ideally, the reed should be slightly harder than the string, and this can be achieved by gently pressing it against the string. The reed will vibrate poorly if it is too stiff and produce a dull sound. If the reed becomes too stiff, it will not be able to withstand the pressure from a fingertip. It should however open at the top.
After a few practice sessions, the reed will feel great once it is fully broken in. To speed up the process of breaking in the reed, you can use a reed blade to make small adjustments to it. The reed should feel completely comfortable after a few days. In addition, you should avoid using the reed for a longer time than is necessary.
Keep the cork of your reed lubricated. It will make the cork more flexible and easier to fit into an oboe. The last step in breaking in a new oboe reed is to blot out excess water inside the keys with dollar bills. This will create suction, and dry the keys.
Clip the tip of the reed if it is flat. Be careful while clipping, as it could ruin the reed’s tone. After you have finished clipping, make sure to check the reed once more and make sure it is flat. When reeding, be sure to monitor the hands of the teacher. If the reed is not sounding good, it’s time to get a replacement.
The length of time it takes to break in a new obae reed depends on the player’s volume and the volume of playing. Avoid playing oboes at extreme temperatures, especially if they have not been used. The wood of the oboe is susceptible to warping when exposed to excessive humidity and air-conditioning drafts. Also, excessive heat and sunlight should be avoided.
There are several ways to break in a new obe reed. First, make sure the reed is flat and free from excess cane. Once the reed is flat and free of excess cane, clipping will improve function and tone. Do not clip your reed too heavily or too lightly. A thin strip of cane is sufficient.
After removing the clingfilm you should play test the reed often. If the reed does not seal tightly, it will leak. Do not rush and make sure that you take your time with the break-in process. You’ll soon have an oboe-reed that is ready to use in a month if you are patient.