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Top 5 causes of sharpness on the oboe

  1. Too much mouth pressure - Move the teeth a little bit further apart to release pressure on the reed.

  2. Too much reed in the mouth - Play with less reed in the mouth.

  3. Reed is too closed - Gently squeeze the reed open a bit more.

  4. Reed is dry - Soak the reed in water, making sure that the entire cane part of the reed is submerged.

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

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