How to choose reeds and maintenance reeds for beginners?

Musical instrument lovers
Saxophone is an exquisite woodwind instrument that has been in existence for more than a hundred years. After a century, it is still loved by the public and tends to be popular, showing its charm. More and more people are beginning to learn saxophone, so many problems will follow. Today, Sartre Xiaobian takes everyone to talk about the issue of reeds.

When playing the saxophone, the gas enters the flute through the tuyere at the top of the flute, causing the reed to vibrate, producing a source of pronunciation. Thereby forming the pronunciation of the saxophone, and then through the buttons on the tube, constantly changing the length of the vibration of the air column in the saxophone, producing different pitches, forming high and low undulating music. The principle of the reed is similar to the vocal chord of human voice, so the quality of the reed will directly affect the accuracy of the saxophone pronunciation and the beauty of the tone.

The raw material for the reeds is reed. Producing high-quality reeds requires a lot of complicated procedures and superb skills from the selection of materials to the processing of finished products. Therefore, it is mostly for the performers to buy the finished reeds from the market. So how to buy quality reeds that are suitable for you is especially important.

1. Different brands of reeds will have different differences!

There are many reed brands and grades sold in the Chinese market. The reeds are divided into two categories: imported brands and domestic brands. Imported brands include Yan Delin, Shisen, Ruikou, etc.; domestic brands are more famous: Ruili, Feiyan, and so on. It is usually packaged in units of ten or five. Prices vary widely, ranging from a dozen yuan to a few hundred dollars. You can choose the right reed according to your needs.

2. Watch the appearance of the reed and judge the quality of its playing.

(1) Is the texture of bamboo fiber growth neat?

(2) At the end of the reed, is the thickness on both sides the same?

(3) Is the thickness of the bamboo fiber grain consistent?

(4) Is the cutting surface of the reed (the side combined with the mouthpiece) smooth enough?

Through the above four basics, you can judge the quality of a reed, and choose the thickness, size, etc. that suit your needs.

3. After choosing the brand and grade you need, choose the hardness of your own reed. Usually the hardness of the reed is marked on the outer box and is also marked on the bottom of the whistle of each reed. The hardness of international reeds is expressed by numbers and scores, such as: No. 2, No. 2.5, No. 3, No. 3.5, etc. The larger the number, the stronger the hardness, and the same number of reeds between different brands will have some Differences, but this rule is consistent.

It is recommended that beginners of saxophones, especially younger beginners, use lower-numbered reeds, such as No. 2.5, which is good for beginners to pronounce smoothly when the breath is small and the mouth control is weak. After a period of study, after the breath and mouth control have been greatly improved, then use the higher number of reeds.

3. The reed is easily deformed or moldy

(1) The first type of maintenance is the easiest. You can find a thick book with a saxophone reed that you can't use for a while. For example, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms can do anything, so that it is at a certain level. The saxophone reeds are guaranteed to be dry and ensure that they are not easily deformed.

(2) The second method is to wrap the reeds in paper, pack several layers, then find a small plastic belt, then put a small packet of desiccant together, seal it, and put it in the refrigerator. For the moldy reeds that you can't bear to throw away, you can use hydrogen peroxide to soak it, then put it in the refrigerator.

(3) The third method is to use a desiccant. Desiccant should focus on it, don't buy it casually, because the reed is ultimately contained in the mouth, and the general desiccant is toxic, so when you buy desiccant, you must consult, such as Types such as silica gel are non-toxic and harmless.

The service life of the reeds is mostly 20-50 days. After each use of the reeds, it should be rinsed gently with water, and the water is absorbed by absorbent paper and stored in a protective box. After the reed is damaged, such as in the case of rupture or defect, it will affect the pronunciation and sound quality. It is recommended to use two reeds alternately, which can effectively extend the life of the saxophone reeds, and also ensure that there is a spare reed during the performance.

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In short, for saxophone learners, learning the choice of saxophone reeds and the maintenance of saxophone reeds are of great practical significance, which not only can effectively improve learning efficiency, reduce unnecessary trouble, but also The cultivation of the correct tone of the saxophone is one of the important guarantees. In addition, it can save a lot of unnecessary expenses and achieve the best comprehensive effect of the use of the reeds.
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