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Bass Oboe Reed

Here is how I made a bass oboe reed that was used in a performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst. Scraping This was the only time I have ever played a bass oboe so I made a reed specifically for this one performance. The solo in the ‘Saturn’ movement is in the low register…...

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English Horn Reed Measurements

Below you will see my measurements for an English horn reed. These measurements are approximate and might be longer or shorter by about a millimeter or so, but I think these measurements are a good starting point. Usually, I tie my reeds at about 59mm in total length, then scrape enough cane off to make (more…)

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Video | How to finish scraping an oboe reed

In this video, I go through the finishing touches on a reed and explain where to scrape and why. This video will be part of a series where I demonstrate various reed adjustments and how to perfect your reeds. Each video will be a little different from the rest because each reed will require different (more…)

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Arrangement for English Horn and Piano

This is a new arrangement of a piece by Faure for English horn and piano. You can download it for free, and be sure to check out the rest of the website for online reed making lessons.

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Oboe Reed Diagrams

This oboe reed lesson discusses the opening of your reeds and how that affects your sound and control. These oboe reed making diagrams will help you diagnose common problems with your oboe reeds.

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Interview with Tim Gocklin

A reed making interview about making reeds for playing on tour and at high altitudes and for performing chamber music.

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The Joy of Scraping

This reed making lesson entitled, ‘The Joy of Scraping’ was written by Courtney Miller; Oboe Professor, University of Iowa.

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Reed Making Video

This oboe reed making lesson will show you up close how to scrape an oboe reed. You will see how to scrape the different sections of an oboe reed and how to adjust an oboe reed.

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Reed Adjustments Without Tools

If you do not have reed making tools available to you to fix reeds, check out these hints for making your oboe reeds work for you.

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Constantly Moving Targets and Dial Indicators

Learning to make oboe reeds is a very big endeavor to undertake and has always been extremely difficult and time consuming to learn. With this oboe reed lesson, you can become a more consistent reed maker.

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Three Ways to Avoid a Reed Rut

Sometimes you will go through periods where you are not making great oboe reeds. Check out this online oboe reed lesson to learn the major reed making missteps to improve your reed making consistency.

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One Overlooked Way to Improve Your Reed Making!

An oboe reed making lesson that will help you adjust your oboe reeds more consistently. This article will help you expose any reed making misconceptions you might have.

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Reed Doctor Intro

The reed doctor posts will teach you how to adjust your oboe reeds. It will help you diagnose common reed making problems and show you where to scrape or how to adjust your oboe reed.

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Leaky Reeds, Duck Billed Tips, and Loose Sides

You never want to play on a reed that leaks, has a duck billed shaped tip, or loose sides. Here are a few strategies to adjust your oboe reeds to avoid those problems.

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Step By Step Reed Making Introduction

This post will tell you where to look for the information that you need to know. Also provides a general step by step instruction for how to make reeds.

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List of Supplies

On this post you will see a list of vendors who sell reed making equipment. You will also see pictures, descriptions, and some personal thoughts on what reed making tools you need to make oboe reeds.

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Cane Selection

This post has a few tips on buying cane and shares some thought on how to select cane. You will see supplementary pictures and a video.

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How To Prepare Cane to be Gouged

After you have selected your cane, you will need to prepare it for your gouging machine. This includes removing some excess cane and chopping it down to size.

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Intro to Gouging Cane

A quick post on how to use an Innoledy gouging machine and a double radius gouging machine. Contact the maker of your gouging machine for more specific information.

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Shaping and Tying Reeds

Shaping and tying reeds is one of the most crucial steps. The shape of the cane and the resulting length at which you tie the reed can make a huge difference in response, flexibility, and intonation.

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Scraping Diagrams

Helpful diagrams to show you how and where to scrape your oboe reed! Use these as a reference to know where and how to scrape a reed.

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Scraping Techniques

Here are three different scraping techniques that will help you scrape your oboe reeds more smoothly. This will help your oboe reeds vibrate and respond more easily.

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Scraping the Tip

The tip on the oboe reed is the most important part of the reed and certainly the most difficult to perfect, but this method will make it a lot easier. This online reed making lesson will help you refine your oboe reeds.

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Initial Scraping

By the end of this post, you will know how to start scraping an oboe reed. This post will take you through initials scrapes until the reed is ready to crow.

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How To Crow and Test a Reed

You will need several reliable tests to see how functional a reed is. This post will show you how to crow an oboe reed and what you can learn from the crow.

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Reed Doctor Diagram

Here you will find a list of every part of the oboe reed that you can scrape and the results (positive and negative) that come from scraping those areas of an oboe reed.

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Reed Slope Pictures/Video

These oboe reed pictures are here to help you look at the architecture of a reed and help you create smooth transitions between the three main sections of a reed.

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Reeds That Are Too Open

Oboe reeds that are too open will normally be flat and while it is largely determined by everything you do before tying a reed, here are a few strategies to help your reed making.

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Reeds That Are Too Closed

While the opening of the reed is mostly determined by the cane, gouge, and shaper tip, but this oboe reed lesson shares a few additional ideas on how to open up a reed.

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Reeds That Are Unresponsive

Oboe reeds can be unresponsive in a variety of ways. This oboe reed making lesson will help you determine why your reed is unresponsive and how to fix it.

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Reeds That Are Too Responsive or Bright

Oboe reeds need to be responsive, but there also needs to be restraint in the sound. This oboe reed making lesson will give you some tips on how to darken the tone of your oboe reeds.

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Reeds That Are Too Flat

This oboe lesson will teach you have to raise the pitch of flat oboe reeds. In general, the gouge, shaper tip, and diameter cane that you use will be the biggest factors with pitch, but here are a few scraping techniques that you can use.

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Reeds That Are Too Sharp

This online oboe lesson will help you fix oboe reeds that are too sharp. Often times, sharp oboe reeds simply need more cane removed, but this reed making lesson will show you a few other tricks.

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