Oboe Reed FAQ
Take a couple scrapes out of each side of the heart and tip
Clip the tip of the reed (using a knife or razor blade), a little at a time till the crow is a “C” pitch.
Place the reed in your mouth down to the string and blow. The sound produced is referred to as the “crow”.
Scrape a little, very little, directly behind the tip on each side of the spine.
First, check the crow of the reed. If it is a C# or higher, scrape out of the heart.
If the crow is a “c” or slightly lower, it is not the reed. Chances are, you are biting – you need to bring your corners in and drop your jaw.
The crow is flat, clip the reed. See question #2.
If the pitch in the middle octave is not flat, chances are you are not supporting. Bring in your corners of your embouchure, making your embouchure rounder – then blow and support
The wire stabilizes and focuses the tone of the notes above the staff. The wire DOES NOT control the opening!