Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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 doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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Reed doctor diagram for oboe lessons

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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