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Do you know the top 4 reasons that oboists play flat?

It's another short one this week! Here are your Top 4 reasons that oboists play flat:

  1. Air is too slow/warm/pointing downwards - Speed the air up by making it more narrow and colder. Make sure to blow straight forward (to a point at your eye level across the room).

  2. Reed is old - Reeds last about 3-4 weeks, play a new/different reed if it’s too old!

  3. Reed is too open - Gently pinch the reed closed for 5 seconds. Repeat up to 3 times total.

  4. Reed is over-soaked - Play a different reed. Next time, only soak your reed for up to 30 seconds. It’s impossible to remove water from an over-soaked reed, it often needs hours to dry out fully.

...And that's your short tip for the week!


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