Zero to Reedmaker

$529.00$908.00

Zero To Reedmaker is an online course which helps oboists to easily make playable American Scrape reeds.  I’ll DEMYSTIFY the process and help you through each step with a combination of rewatchable video content, a supportive Facebook group, and weekly live group calls in which we can talk about YOUR specific problems.  At the end of this session, you will be able to make a playing reed from shaped cane in under 30 minutes – perhaps well under – and adjust it to your comfort. 

This six-week course begins on January 24, 2021. 

Pricing:

Basic course $529 – includes 3 dozen pieces of consistent, high-quality shaped cane and 15 staples, a $165 value.

VIP level $799 – includes two 1X1 sessions with me during the course – topic of your choice –  and one full month of Reed Club membership at the conclusion of ZtR, to support your reedmaking journey. 

Optional: Add-on a full Reed Maker’s kit – knife, plaque, block, mandrel, ruler, sharpening stone, and thread, with additional cane and tubes – for just 109 – a $142 value! 

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When you don’t have reed making skills, you don’t have CONTROL.  

You are POWERLESS to react when the weather changes, when your supplier goes on vacation, or when that LAST GOOD REED in your case abruptly cracks or dies.

You can stare at a reed for hours, WONDERING what to do to fix it, WORRYING about how long it might take you to make the next one, and AVOIDING the whole situation out of dread. 

Imagine what it would feel like…

  • If you felt confident making oboe reeds  
  • If you could adjust reeds easily as the venue, weather, or your needs dictated
  • If you could make music instead of FIGHTING the instrument and the reeds.  
  • If you could TRUST that your reed case would stay in flow
  • If you could buy shaped cane for a few dollars a pop instead of finished reeds for dozens
  • If you could leave your scarcity mindset behind, KNOWING that you had the skills to renew your reed case. 
  • If you could play on your good reeds all the time, knowing that reeds are a renewable resource
  • If you knew how to experiment to get the results you wanted

With your reedmaking skills in place, you are LIBERATED.  You can have control over the sound you make and the ease with which you produce it.  You can go to rehearsal KNOWING that something in your case will work, and that if it doesn’t you can fix it.  You can add five new reeds to your case in a weekend to break in at will.  You can FREELY sacrifice a reed that is underperforming – because you don’t NEED it to get you through the week.  

Zero To Reedmaker is an online course which helps oboists to easily make playable American Scrape reeds.  I’ll DEMYSTIFY the process and help you through each step with a combination of rewatchable video content, a supportive Facebook group, and weekly live group calls in which we can talk about YOUR specific problems.  At the end of this session, you will be able to make a playing reed from shaped cane in under 30 minutes – perhaps well under – and adjust it to your comfort. 

 

What I’ve created is not available anywhere else. I have been teaching people to make reeds for YEARS, with my Five Minute Reedmaker video series, my summer Oboe Reed Boot Camp, and most recently in my weekly online Reed Club.  

 

In Zero to Reedmaker, I’ll work with you on reed anatomy, knife skills, construction, and finishing, so that you can QUICKLY construct a reed, assess its potential, and finish it to your own specifications.  You can take charge of your oboe destiny! 

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful workshop so far! To my surprise, I’m getting much more out of this experience than I ever had with in person teaching. The combination of having your youtube videos as guidance, having a regular session to meet and hold each other accountable, and having a separate screen where we can really watch the reed making in detail is invaluable. Compared with having a teacher come by and watch what you’re doing and walking away in one very long session, this is much more useful. I’m really glad I signed up, it is so valuable.  — Kristine Austria Sanchez

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Zero to Reedmaker is an online course, combining video lessons with a supportive facebook group and live zoom sessions. You’ll experience:

  • Weekly live Q/A classes, in real time on Zoom
  • High quality, clearly filmed videos of all techniques, available to watch and rewatch
  • Checklists, diagrams, and written directions
  • Private, warm Facebook group.  Safely post your questions, your reed photos, your videos trying things out
  • Access to my quarter century of experience as a professional orchestral oboist, soloist, reedmaker, and teacher

 

In January 2021 we’ll start another run of my 6-week online course, ZERO TO REEDMAKER.  This program could be a good fit for you if:

  • You cannot currently make a reed
  • You want to take more CONTROL over your reed life
  • Commercially made reeds are too inconsistent and limiting for you
  • You have ever been frustrated by the lack of options in your reed case
  • You’ve tried to teach yourself reedmaking and been stymied by the complexity of the task
  • You have traumatic memories of reedmaking from the past and need a reframe
  • You know your reeds could be better, but you just don’t know where to scrape!
  • You want to make MORE reeds and have the mystery removed so you KNOW what to do in every situation
  • You want the energy of a like-minded and warm oboe community to keep you going and support you!
  • You KNOW you could be playing better and more musically if you could just get some of the STRUGGLE out of the way

 

If this speaks to you, I invite you to enroll in  Zero to Reedmaker now

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