top of page

No more "I think my reed is stuck..."

This is the time of year that we hear the phrase “I think my oboe reed is stuck” or “I…can’t…get…my reed out!” (said as the student grits their teeth and tries to pull their reed out of their oboe well!

I have an easy solution for you, and a quick video you can use as a resource for your students too.

Simply do the T-Shirt Trick:

  1. Grab the reed cork with the fabric of your shirt

  2. Holding the reed in place, twist and gently pull the oboe away from the reed.

  3. Next time you use this reed, apply cork grease to the bottom half of the cork before you put the reed in your oboe.

You can watch the tip video here, and feel free to share it with your students!

Until next week,



Need more oboe tips and tricks? Sign up for the Teaching Oboe Newsletter. Each blog post is taken from a newsletter, and subscribers get more perks and resources. Designed for busy band directors, Teaching Oboe Newsletter comes out once a week.


Recent Posts

See All

As we start to count down the number of days left in the school year (9 days of instruction left for me!), I’ve started to bring up Summer plans with my students. Many of them will not be taking lesso

This week I have been reviewing goals and celebrating student wins! I’m so proud of the hard work my students have put in all year, so I thought I’d share some of their achievements big and small. K -

It's another short one this week! Here are your Top 4 reasons that oboists play flat: Air is too slow/warm/pointing downwards - Speed the air up by making it more narrow and colder. Make sure to blow

bottom of page