Klarinet Archive - Posting 000070.txt from 1997/12
From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <jrm0013@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: New topic...when to transcribe? No, the new topic is reeds!
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 13:07:20 -0500
that was the term given to me by a sax teacher i studied with in hs...he called it water
logging because the reed was filled with water...or maybe it was because of the absence of air
pockets...i dunno...that was the term he used....
university of north texas
clarinet concentration/music ed major
On Tue, 2 Dec 1997 10:30:07 -0700 (MST) Josh-Boy <joshcole@-----.Edu>
> This is the same basic process I use to seal my reeds. I'm still trying
> to figure out where you got the waterlogging idea from...
> Joshua Coleman
> On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:
> > I guess that i seal my reeds differently. I soak the reeds over
> > days, 10 min. the first day, play for 5 min. soak 10 min. next day, seal
> > reads against a glass surface using the reverse side of a piece of sand
> > paper. soak reeds 15 min. nextday and rub down on sand paper until smooth.
> > play for 20 min. soak 15 min. forth day and play and adjust reeds. Maybe
> > i'm doing it wrong, but this process has worked pretty well for me. i have
> > had more luck with this. i played bass clarinet for 5 years, and used to
> > use the water logging process frequently, and it worked well with the
> > larger reed, but with the clarinet reeds i have found this to be less
> > productive, many time the reeds die out in about 2-3 days after i've
> > finished prepping them. then again, maybe i don't do it right?
> > jennifer mckenna
> > jrm0013@-----.edu
> > university of north texas
> > clarinet concentration/music ed major
> > On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Josh-Boy wrote:
> > > Jennifer,
> > >
> > > Depending on what steps you take, this process you called "water logging"
> > > can be constructive or destructive. The process Shouryu described is one
> > > I use and I have noticed a large difference in my sound. It takes less
> > > air (with a given amount of air support, of course) to play on sealed
> > > reeds. The reason we seal our reeds is to seal up the pores in the wood.
> > > This way, more air goes through the instrument and less through the reed.
> > > Blowing on the reeds to check for pores is simply that: the process of
> > > sealing reeds that Shouryu explained deals mainly with soaking and sealing
> > > the reeds. One could go without blowing on the butt of the reed and still
> > > come out with good sealed reeds. And actually, my reeds have lasted me
> > > 25% longer by doing this. ^_^
> > >
> > > Josh Coleman
> > >