Hi i am using a soft man made reed at the moment should i stick to the strengh that i can manage easily or should i try and stretch myself to somthing stronger?
Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:11 AM
Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:39 AM
I'm no expert but I'll share with you what I have experienced.
Your reed should always match your mouthpiece opening. My teacher once told me, you don't use harder reeds because you're getting good at it. If your mouthpiece opening is wider, you should use softer reeds so that it would vibrate well without busting your lungs out. If you use a narrower mouthpiece, then you should go with the harder ones. That way, when your reed gets too wet from playing, it would still vibrate nicely.
I've been playing for 15 years now and I still haven't changed my reed strength. That's because I still use the same mouthpiece opening.
Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:27 PM
Start softer, but do try out as many strengths as possible. Your comfort zone might be in 3's now, but may change to a 3 1/2 or 4 later (OR a 2) so just try, try, try.
Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:40 AM
Don't get hung up on reed strength- there are many famous players who played softer reeds, and reed strength is not one of those things where bigger is always better. Only move a strength when the current one starts to feel soft, trying to force it can lead to bad habits like biting and the like.
Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:18 AM
Use Fibracell.. best thing I could've done. I wished I knew about these reeds back 10 years ago.
I'm using soft and it brings out a nice tone and consistency. Also, when I leave my sax for a while, the reed doesn't curl up like a dried piece of paper.
Posted 05 November 2014 - 11:44 AM
just what works for me.Vandoran java red 1.5.Good tone and easy blowing.plays very well with my yamaha6 and rico royal a3.regards mally
Posted 17 July 2015 - 05:33 AM
I haven't played in almost thirty years and went from a 2.5 to a 3 and am still having an issue should I go in the opposite direction?
Posted 20 July 2015 - 04:29 AM
Posted 18 March 2017 - 06:48 PM
If you are a beginner, avoid synthetic reeds. If you choose to use them later, fine. But you need to learn how to break-in and care for natural cane reeds along with learning the saxophone. I only used synthetic reeds in school marching band for increased volume on the field, plus they last a bit longer too. They don't sound as good as natural cane and they always make my lip bleed.
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