Powered by Bravenet Bravenet Blog

Subscribe to Journal

Saturday, November 21st 2009

2:37 AM

University of Florida-Gainesville reed making master class

I was honored to be the teacher of a master class in bassoon reed making at the University of Florida-Gainesville, Nov. 14, 2009.  Dr. Arnold Irchai has done a wonderful job with his class of 14 bassoonists as evidenced by the fine studio recital performed by those students the next day.  I always focus on reed finishing with my new students as I believe that will be the most help to them but, since this was my third visit to the University of Florida, I also spent a generous amount of the three-hour class on reed construction.

I believe that there are really four elements essential to successful reed making:  good cane, proper tools, knowledge of the process and good technique.  The art to the process comes from the individual’s own talents and skills as well as the years of applying all the above and are directly related to the reed  maker’s ability to produce desired results on the bassoon.  Anyone can improve their technique with repetition and the guidance of a good teacher.  Try making a thousand reeds a year and see if that doesn’t help.

When teaching a class of 14, I try to get some hands on work with the students.  Since there had not been much experience with using straight shapers I was able to show students the benefits of that type of template and the quick success they could achieve with it.  

When forming a reed most students have a fear of folding the cane over the knife.  This is really an unfounded fear.  I  have been able to show them how easy it really is, since you lay one blade across the blade of the knife, and, even if they don’t get a good center fold at first, it is very simple to shift the cane a little and get the two ends of the cane to line up.  I insist that students make sure the two halves of the reed align properly before putting on the first wire.  If you do this properly it is less likely the blades will be out of alignment later.

The last 5 %  of reed making is the hardest.  Dr. Matthew Ruggiero would say “anyone can make a blank.”  There is plenty of information about making reeds in articles and books.  It is the proper application and timing that is the problem.  When do you thin the back rather than blend in the spine to correct difficult response in the low register?  Should you thin the tip instead?  These are the hard questions that confront any reed maker.  Often students are afraid that they will hurt the tone of a reed and will not adjust the reed even though it will not respond on certain notes or in certain registers.  I tell students that they must take risks if they want the best reeds.

I had some of the students test their reeds by performing the first and second bassoon parts to the opening of the second movement of Brahm’s Violin Concerto.  As many of you know this excerpt often appears on audition lists for second bassoon positions and tests the player’s pp playing in the low register of the bassoon.  I used this part of the class to discuss techniques for finishing the back of the reed, something often neglected by reed making beginners who concentrate so much time on finishing the tip.

Please see photos of the reed class in my photo album.



30 Comment(s).

Posted by maine-conn:

Maine-coon-cats.store is a best online shop for your crazy pets. Here we sell all kinds cats products like Clothings, Beds, Mats, Collars etc.
Monday, January 17th 2022 @ 12:59 PM

Posted by gay dating website:

gay french dating senior gay women dating gay dating professional bodybuilders https://gaytgpost.com/
Friday, January 14th 2022 @ 4:18 AM

Posted by popular gay dating apps:

best free gay dating sites in floridapopular gay dating appsbest
gay dating apps for men over 40 which of the following statements about dating in gay male and lesbian youth is true? https://gayprideusa.com/
Thursday, January 13th 2022 @ 10:58 PM

Posted by whats the best sith for findina a gay dating site for women:

gay black man dating white guy best gay dating app for android international gay dating website https://gaysugardaddydatingsites.com/
Thursday, January 13th 2022 @ 10:31 PM

Posted by argumentative essay steps:

500 word essay what is a hero essay to the lighthouse essay https://essayscratch.com/
Thursday, January 13th 2022 @ 2:33 AM

Posted by what is a synthesis essay:

comic sans for essay persuasive essay examples celluar mechanism essay https://essaysitesreviews.com/
Wednesday, January 12th 2022 @ 6:24 AM

Posted by mshahid:

It's late discovering this demonstration. At any rate, it's a thing to be acquainted with that there are such occasions exist. I concur with your Blog and I will have returned to examine it more later on so please keep up your demonstration. 먹튀사이트
Wednesday, January 12th 2022 @ 3:53 AM

Posted by shane warner:

This particular is usually apparently essential and moreover outstanding truth along with for sure fair-minded and moreover admittedly useful My business is looking to find in advance designed for this specific useful stuffs… Choti Sardarni
Wednesday, January 12th 2022 @ 2:29 AM

Posted by shane warner:

[url=https://herogayabmodeon.net/]Choti Sardarni[/url] This particular is usually apparently essential and moreover outstanding truth along with for sure fair-minded and moreover admittedly useful My business is looking to find in advance designed for this specific useful stuffs…
Wednesday, January 12th 2022 @ 2:27 AM

Posted by mshahid:

thanks for this usefull article, waiting for this article like this again. jasa youtube view
Friday, January 7th 2022 @ 11:29 PM

Posted by mshahid:

Really good write-up, Appreciate it intended for giving That expertise. Excellently published document, but only if many blog writers made available identical higher level of information since you, the online world is a significantly better area. You need to thanks! minecraft skindex
Tuesday, January 4th 2022 @ 10:43 PM

Posted by mshahid:

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated. Start a business in Indonesia
Tuesday, January 4th 2022 @ 10:24 PM

Posted by free gay sex chat rooms:

Thanks extremely practical. Will share site with my good
friends. https://gay-buddies.com/
Thursday, December 30th 2021 @ 11:31 AM

Posted by gay chat washington state:

Unbelievably individual pleasant website. Astounding details offered on couple of clicks. https://gaypridee.com/
Thursday, December 30th 2021 @ 3:06 AM

Posted by sex chat. gay descreet pueblo:

Your tips is really unique. https://bjsgaychatroom.info/
Wednesday, December 22nd 2021 @ 7:58 AM

Posted by 10 best vpn services:

The material is incredibly important. https://vpn4torrents.com/
Sunday, December 19th 2021 @ 4:06 PM

Posted by free vpn for windows 10:

The knowledge is extremely important. https://topvpndeals.net/
Sunday, December 19th 2021 @ 2:43 AM

Posted by ebony cam girls:

Among the most beautiful women in the world are Ebony Queens, submissives, and live sex cam girls.
With hundreds of options available at any given point, you can find the best Ebony cam girls who love it when you watch as they get off.
Join them getting off as well, taking advantage of all the tools and features available on EbonyGirls.
This is the premier place to find specialty cams, free Ebony cams, private Ebony cams, and more.
Many of the XXX beauties on EbonyGirls also provide picture sets and videos for download. Intense orgasms await, with many top XXX genres represented.
Your next sex cam fantasy crush is here, take a look at everything EbonyGirls offers in this category.
Free Ebony Cams With a wide range of the best features, EbonyGirls offers a plethora of experiences for fans of black sex vixens.
All genres are represented in the free XXX cams found here, including mutual masturbation, solo masturbation, couples sex, remote control sex toys, and more.
In addition to finding the hottest Ebony women online, fans also get access to Black shemale cam performers.
Filtering is easy to do along the top of the page, and each woman has a bio that gives more information about their appearance, sexual desires, and the types of shows they offer.
Whether you are looking for vanilla sex cam playmates, a BDSM Ebony Mistress, or any other type of sexual fun, top Ebony cams here are ready to fulfill your fantasies.
ebony cam girls
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 10:58 PM

Posted by free vpn app windows:

The info is very fascinating. https://vpn4home.com/
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 1:28 PM

Posted by is communication a critical thinking skill:

Love the website-- extremely individual friendly and
lots to see! https://criticalthinkingbasics.com/
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 7:59 AM

Posted by nord vpn buy:

Thanks a ton! This is an very good website! https://choosevpn.net/
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 6:37 AM

Posted by vpn for windows free download:

What's up, very good site you've gotten presently. https://tjvpn.net/
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 5:55 AM

Posted by essay writing service usa:

say thanks to so much for your web site it helps a great deal. https://howtowriteessaytips.com/
Saturday, December 18th 2021 @ 2:11 AM

Posted by mshahid:

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. 먹튀검증
Friday, December 17th 2021 @ 10:17 PM

Posted by critical thinking techniques:

I delight in the knowledge on your site. Kudos! https://criticalthinking2020.net/
Friday, December 17th 2021 @ 9:12 AM

Posted by lack of critical thinking:

Simply just wanted to state Now i am lucky that i happened
on your website. https://uncriticalthinking.com/
Thursday, December 16th 2021 @ 11:45 PM

Posted by best windows vpn 2018:

Unbelievably individual friendly site. Immense information offered on couple of gos to. https://vpnsrank.com/
Wednesday, December 15th 2021 @ 2:51 PM

Posted by avast vpn license file:

Amazing....this is a handy website. https://vpnshroud.com/
Wednesday, December 15th 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Posted by critical thinking activities pdf:

I value the content on your internet site. Appreciate it. https://criticalthinkinginstitute.com/
Wednesday, December 15th 2021 @ 4:26 AM

Posted by reflection essay example:

You're a really valuable website; couldn't make it without ya! https://yoursuperessay.com/
Tuesday, December 14th 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Post New Comment

No Smilies More Smilies »