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Cure for dry reed?

Discussion in 'Playing' started by AndyB, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. AndyB

    AndyB Member

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    One thing that bothers me on both tenor and alto is that after practicing about 20 minutes my reed is bone dry. I can't practice much longer without having to take the reed off and wetting it again. Is there any solution for this?
    Thanks!
    AndyB :confused:
     
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  3. losaavedra

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    Lucky man! I have the opposite problem in that after that amount of time I need to remove my (alto) reed, wipe it off ... and pull through the mp to get rid of the considerable moisture build up. That's without pre-wetting the reed at all, at least no more than a simple lick, before I start. My 'over-wetness' effects everything ... causes squeaks, random octave jumps and also dribbles out over my fingers, so I have to stop and fix it. If I drink anything within 5 or 10 minutes of starting then its even worse. Maybe a handy glass of water would help in your case, just take a couple of swigs now and again to see if it improves the moisture content of a blow.
     
  4. Nick Cook

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    I'm the same as Mike - never had a dry reed - wetness everywhere!!!!
     
  5. Tommy Ng

    Tommy Ng Member

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    do you have a dry tongue??? :confused:
     
  6. DaveW

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    I'm sure this is the problem Natalie has
    Leak
     
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  7. ArtyLady

    ArtyLady Senior Member

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    Same here! I have to keep wiping the reed and sucking up excess dribble or it sounds spitty (sorry TMI) and dribble leaks out over my right forefinger and middle finger!! :shocked:
     
  8. AndyB

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    Maybe I'm dehydrated. I have been doing 40 minutes almost every night on an elliptical machine for 10 weeks. When I stop for a weekend when I'm not at home I instantly gain 1-2 pounds of water weight so maybe its just dehydration.
     
  9. phooesnax

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    fibracells or bari plastics.... I love the fibracell on bari, tenor and sop..... bari plastic works awesome on the my meyer 5M. No warm up needed. Especially helpful when doubling.
     
  10. AndyB

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    That does make sense for doubling. I tried them on alto and found that when they go, they go big time and split on the edges and curled up and cut my lip.
     
  11. tengu01

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    Occasionally, when I've been playing outdoors, I find that my reed does dry up and becomes a beast to play. A good sip of water usually sorts things out, as my mouth feeling dry tends to go hand in hand with the reed drying out. Saves having to take off the reed and fiddle about. Alternatively, give the reed a good soaking before hand (sorry, not assuming you start with it dry, but putting it in some water and really letting it sit for about 5 - 10 mins can make a huge difference in how long it remains pliant. At least for me)
     
  12. half diminished

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    If you watch 'top' sax players they often suck/lick the reed between silent passages to keep them moist. Me, I'm a dribbler so no problem for me.