Clipping an oboe reed is such a tiny task, and you might do it dozens of times as you construct and polish each reed. Are you doing it safely? DoContinue readingFive Minute Reedmaker: Clipping
Five Minute Reedmaker: Batch Processing, and Quality Control
Yes, I can make a reed in five minutes. And I can play it. But this is not my ideal way to work – the cane needs time to settleContinue readingFive Minute Reedmaker: Batch Processing, and Quality Control
Bringing Joy to the Work
This gig did not start out promising. We had a LOONNNNGGGG three hour rehearsal the first night with no soloists, on a fairly dull and repetitive score, filled with heavyContinue readingBringing Joy to the Work
Five Minute Reedmaker: Understanding and Constructing the Tip and Transition
This week I am releasing TWO videos. They go together, but I couldn’t bring myself to combine them – it’s ridiculous for the FIVE MINUTE Reedmaker to appear to takeContinue readingFive Minute Reedmaker: Understanding and Constructing the Tip and Transition
The Capacity for Flourish
Steve and I were watching YouTube last night and we watched an hour long interview with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about fountain pens. Because we love fountain pens. AndContinue readingThe Capacity for Flourish
Five Minute Reedmaker: The Beep and the Crow
What can you learn from your reed before you even put it in the oboe? We have two great tools – the beep and the crow. There’s a lot ofContinue readingFive Minute Reedmaker: The Beep and the Crow
Back to School – Onward and Upward!
It’s teaching time again. I’ve had 16 first lessons in the past two weeks – almost all continuing students, but in each case the first lesson of a new schoolContinue readingBack to School – Onward and Upward!