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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