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Hands adjusting opening and tension of an oboe reed

Photo: Daria Khutoretskaya

What is the single most important characteristic you need and desire in an oboe reed?

For me a reed must have the proper opening and tension.

From the moment I fold the cane, I am already exploring ways to encourage the reed to cooperate with its opening and tension.  Without getting this right early on in my reed making process, the danger is huge that I will take off too much or too little cane. A piece of arundo donax has a mind of its own and if I am too forceful in imposing my will, it will break.

Yikes. Relationships are like this, too.

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Who is the Lucky One?

Hans Hermann Ziel playing oboe  

 

Hans Hermann Ziel : As luck would have it

I called Hans Hermann Ziel at his home in Brazil in the Fall of 2019 with the happy purpose of informing him that he was the lucky winner of the raffle he entered by filling out a survey I had conducted to collect information about the needs of double reed players with regard to their reed making journeys.

Little did I know that I was the lucky one! More than ever these days of social distancing, I appreciate the opportunity to meet someone who has a lifetime of experience, of joys, of overcoming adversity and with whom I also share so many values.

A profile of the richness of a randomly selected individual

When I pulled Hans Hermann’s name out of the virtual hat, I first thought nothing of it. After all, he was one of almost 600 participants in the survey about reed making for double reeds. However, when I returned to read his responses to the survey more carefully, I hesitated for a moment. Read more

Fine Adjustments

A recurring theme these days seems to be “attack”. Strangely, this topic is appearing both within our oboe reed making community and in world events.

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The “Vanishing Point” of an oboe

Imagine feeling 100 % confident that you are using the right “set up” for your particular type of oboe. Wouldn’t knowing you have the perfect combination of oboe, staple, shape and scrape feel like wholeness and completion, both at peace and also poised for agility and expression? Read more

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Oboe Reed Master Adam Shapiro Interview May 2020

An oboe reed is not a holy relic!

Adam Shapiro’s message is: Be brave!

Click “read more” below to watch the full interview.

This interview is in preparation for season 1, session 4 of THE OBOE REED MASTER SERIES. In his sessions, David will explore the art of using a heated to “burn” the shaped cane onto the mandrel. The Oboe Reed Master is a 10-session series which is part of The Dynamic Reed maker, a three month- long intensive reed making training program for experienced reed makers. This master series is a fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. The live and interactive sessions take place in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. Each Oboe Reed Master will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic. Find out more here.

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Oboe Reed Master David Werner Interview May 2020

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In May 2020 I interviewed oboist and author, David Werner.

When I asked him what he LEAST enjoys about reed making, he didn’t even have an answer!

David points out that compared with other musicians, we oboists have a unique opportunity because we make our own reeds. We can fashion our tools precisely to our tastes and specifications. He revels in this opportunity. David is the author of Der Weg zum guten Oboenrohre now also available in English! The Way to a Good Oboe Reed and he maintains a beautiful and informative blog at www.oboe-blog.de .

Click “read more” below to watch the full interview.

This interview is in preparation for season 1, session 4 of THE OBOE REED MASTER SERIES. In his sessions, David will explore the art of using a heated to “burn” the shaped cane onto the mandrel. The Oboe Reed Master is a 10-session series which is part of The Dynamic Reed maker, a three month- long intensive reed making training program for experienced reed makers. This master series is a fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. The live and interactive sessions take place in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. Each Oboe Reed Master will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic. Find out more here.

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Andrew Angus

Oboe Reed Master Andrew Angus Interview May 2020

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Introducing Australian Oboe Reed Master, Andrew Angus.

Andrew makes about 1,500 reeds a year! (Order them at sweetreeds.com).

Click “read more” below to watch the full interview and you’ll see his eyes light up with delight over a topic that for many oboists, can be a source of great uncertainty and frustration:

CANE!

This interview is in preparation for season 1, session 3 of THE OBOE REED MASTER SERIES. This is a 10-session series which is part of The Dynamic Reed maker, a three month- long intensive reed making training program. This is fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. Ask the master! This live and interactive series takes place in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. Each Oboe Reed Master will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic. Find out more here.

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Jennet Ingle

Oboe Reed Master Jennet Ingle Interview April 2020

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I interviewed “the 5 Minute Reed Maker”, Jennet Ingle in April of 2020.

Click “read more” to watch the whole interview below and find out if Jennet really can make an oboe reed in 5 minutes. She also talks about emotional detachment from reeds, her Invincible Oboist program and the importance of reed making. 

 

This interview is in preparation for season 1, session 2 of THE OBOE REED MASTER SERIES in April 2020. This is a 10-session series which is part of The Dynamic Reed maker, a three month- long intensive reed making training program. This is fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. Ask the master! This live and interactive series takes place in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. Each Oboe Reed Master will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic. Find out more here.

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Steve Hammer

Oboe Reed Master Steve Hammer Interview April 2020

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I interviewed Oboe Reed Master, Steve Hammer in April 2020.  Watch the whole interview below. He talks about Bernoulli’s principle, his reed making philosophy, his favorite tools and what, in his opinion, the biggest reed making mistakes are that students make.

 

This interview takes place in preparation for the launch of THE OBOE REED MASTER SERIES starting in April 2020. It is a 10-session series which is part of The Dynamic Reed maker, a three month- long intensive reed making training program. This is fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. Ask the master! This live and interactive series takes place in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. Each Oboe Reed Master will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic. Please enjoy the interview! Find out more here.

 

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