Oboe Reed ClassesTake Charge of Your Own Destiny
About Oboe Reed Classes
I can create a playing reed from shaped cane in 3 minutes. I can rejuvenate a reed that feels nearly dead. I can take a reed that someone else made and refine it to my comfort level. I can adjust one of my own reeds to suit a new acoustical or environmental situation. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that much efficiency and competence?
I enjoy making reeds, and I love to teach. I feel that this crucial skill is best learned in small group settings – students can collaborate and learn from each other, and more advanced reedmakers can help beginners, and everyone can have more fun than they otherwise would have. Whether it’s a friendly Reeding Circle or a more intense twelve hour Reed Boot Camp, I am ready to help you improve your speed, competence, and comfort. For those who aren’t local, I have a new Reed Repair Service – analysis, help, and advice from a distance!
Reed Repair Shop!
Maybe you are making your own reeds. And maybe you are not having as much success as you would like. Sometimes you take one small step away from what used to work, and then you start having to compensate for that new step, and then you can’t find your way back to normalcy. Sometimes it takes an outside eye to see the obvious solution. Sometimes a variety of annoying issues can be traced back to one consistent error, that YOU can’t see because you are too close, and too frustrated. Sometimes you just need some nonjudgmental feedback from someone else, someone with years of experience in “making it work”.
I can help. Send me three representative reeds that you have made and don’t love. I will look at them, give you my impressions, work to improve them, and capture all of this process on video for you to see. I will send them back to you – hopefully improved, certainly diagnosed, complete with advice to take you forward!
I offer “Reeding Circles” once or twice a month. Bring your own tools and materials, or use mine. Bring reeds in progress, or bring blanks, or bring a knife and a smile and we’ll start from scratch. Oboists are social creatures – we should embrace that! Classes are only $25 to attend (free to current students and recent Boot Camp participants- just email me to register!) and cane and staples are available for purchase on site. I have tools to loan as well, and participants have full access to my collection of shaper tips and thread colors! I’m as hands-on as you need, no more. Specific location information given out upon reservation.
Oboe Reed Boot Camp
- Are you the reedmaker you want to be?
- Are you a reedmaker at all?
- Do you spend more time scraping and cursing than making beautiful music?
- Do you spend a small fortune on reeds that MIGHT work for you when and if they arrive?
When you make your own oboe reeds, your goal is to have control over the sound you make and the ease with which you produce it. My goal at Oboe Reed Boot Camp is to give you the skills to QUICKLY construct a reed, assess its potential, and finish it to your own specifications. If you would like to take more control over your reed life, develop your skills, be able to quickly assess whether a reed will work or not, tweak it to your satisfaction, and MOVE ON to the more fulfilling things in your life… You may be ready for OBOE REED BOOT CAMP!
Spend a weekend this summer with expert reed-maker Jennet Ingle and a special guest Master Reedmaker in this super-interactive day camp. You will learn and review fundamentals, participate in winding and scraping drills, play games and compete, and make more reeds than you ever thought you could. ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED – so you can ruin as many pieces of cane as you have to to LEARN.
Dates: August 5-6 on the campus of St Mary’s College, South Bend IN, 10-5 each day
If this doesn’t work for you, please contact me about an Oboe Reed Boot Camp in YOUR community – if we can come up with five or more interested oboists, a date, and a venue, I will come to you!
Cost: $200; includes ALL CANE, STAPLES, and THREAD, and free admission to Reeding Circles for a full year!
Recommended tools: Knife, Plaque, Cutting Block, Mandrel, Ruler. I’ll have a limited number of these available to use at Camp, but you will certainly want your own to move forward with thereafter. You can find these items on my site, for the most part, or see my recommendations HERE. All other materials will be provided!
Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions
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I’m coming in from out of town – where can I stay?
I don’t have specific deals to offer, but let me suggest that Northern Indiana is a lovely place to be. South Bend has a beautiful riverfront path, and a Saturday morning Farmer’s Market to die for, and neighboring Mishawaka has all of the shopping that there is to have. My home is just a few miles south of Niles MI, and once you get up into Southern Michigan you could even look at St. Joseph, a fun touristy town on Lake Michigan only 35 minutes from here. Breweries, wineries, orchards…
I generally use Priceline.com and just search for the best deals.
What equipment do I need to bring?
I will supply all of the cane, staples, thread, and incidental supplies that may be needed. I’ll also have sharpening stones, pencils, handouts, and even some spare knives and mandrels to experiment with. You will want to bring your own knife, plaque, mandrel, cutting block, and ruler (See my recommendations). These links don’t lead to required items, but they are the ones I recommend and use myself. Have a reed case ready to accommodate what you produce. For your future reed-making, you will need thread and a sharpening stone, but NOT for this camp.
My schedule has changed! Can I drop out?
If you should find it necessary to withdraw from this excellent learning experience, I will be sad. But I will return your payment in full if you withdraw before July 6. After that time, I can refund only half your tuition.
Can I take an oboe lesson, too?
Absolutely! I love oboists, and I would love to hear you play, before or after any of the class periods. While you are in town we can set up as many private sessions as our schedules can handle.
Can I take one with your Guest Master Reedmaker?
I don’t know, but I’ll ask for you.
Can’t I just learn to make reeds in my regular lessons and by coming to your monthly Reeding Circles?
Yes, of course. But here’s my thought.
Reed-making is a skill unrelated to playing the oboe, but you’ve got to have good reeds to play. Good reeds cost money, or they take time. Most of the learning curve is just about experience, and knowing what to do once your reed is close to being great. There’s no real shortcut. You just have to make a whole bunch of reeds.
Boot camp will get you making a whole bunch of reeds. Monthly reeding circles will get you making about one or two reeds a month. That might go up to two to three with a little time in lessons.
In other words, boot camp is a faster way to the goal of having more control over your own reeds.
I want to make English horn reeds, not oboe reeds. Do you teach that?
Absolutely! Just warn me ahead so I can be prepared with lots of EH cane. Or specific shapes on the oboe cane. Or d’amore cane. I can do anything.
Recent ORBC participants wrote:
…I loved the individual working time. It gave me a chance to feel like I know what reed style worked for me and gave me my own little sense of accomplishment.
I enjoyed the individual time that you spend with us and the unlimited amount of supplies. I also loved listening to oboe music all day long! I had a wonderful time!
Thank you for breaking down the process of making reeds and simplifying it. Thank you for providing snacks, being accessible for questions, approachable, and patient.
I found the whole experience very helpful. Viewing the others’ reeds, and yours, and talking about issues as they occurred was instructive as was trying to diagnose and remedy problems in our own and others’ efforts. The group experience in this way is more rich than a private reed-making lesson.
…having a professional reedmaker at our disposal for any questions was very positive in a reassuring sort of way that we could make reeds and ask questions whenever we needed. Also having so many resources in reed supplies at our disposal was quite comforting.
Do it again! It is affirming to have class members and teachers talk, listen, guide and experiment in a perfectly supportive/safe atmosphere.
Boot camp gave me a lot of confidence to continue reed-making on my own.
I have worked on a reed or two nearly every evening since attending the Reed Boot Camp and with greater success I feel more confident in my reed making/adjusting abilities