Reeds That are too Responsive

Goal: more stability, more strength, more resistance

Plan: The suggestions for finer work that follow in the model will help you make steeper tapers overall for strength and stability. You’ll work mostly in the front third of the reed toward the rails and very tip (according to the quality of the cane and the reed’s natural break-in period). A proper tip bevel, structured thumbnail, spine to rail proportions and symmetrical corners of the tip are crucial.

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The material in this learning module comes from The Banana of Life: Peeling Away the Mysteries of Reed Making for the Bassoon by Rian Craypo and has been edited for clarity by Jessi Vandagriff. Please do not share or distribute this information to those not using the decision-based learning model. Used with permission.

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