Topic: playing oboe reeds (without instrument)
I posted this on the general discussion board, but since it pertains to oboe reeds, I thought I would post it here as well. I am a bassoonist, but I have been asked to play one of the double reed parts (which, as far as I know, are always performed on oboe reeds) for PDQ Bach's "Iphigenia in Brooklyn." As for the oboe reed, I managed to get a couple of old reeds (that were once good) from an oboist friend. I wanted to ask advice from oboists about playing the reed alone. I wasn't as successful as my oboist friend at producing a wide range of pitches consistently. She suggested putting my lips very close to the thread and even putting both my upper and lower teeth on the reed gently. Right now, the reed is very difficult for me to blow, although it was no problem for my friend. Is the pressure required to play the reed something that I simply have to get used to? Right now, it is sort of giving me a headache and making me a little lightheaded after playing for more than a few minutes. I am going to need to practice a lot on the reed, so I was wondering if there is anything I can do to make the reed easier to blow without destroying it to the point where it won't produce different pitches. It doesn't matter much what it sounds like. I think the more obnoxious, the better. And these reeds won't be played on an oboe again, but I am supposed to return the tubes. If anyone has any tips (maybe some similiar to those that you would give a beginning oboist), or if anyone has other advice, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.