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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000236.txt from 1999/04

From: "Mr. Sheim" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds, should I put them in water?
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 13:10:12 -0400

It was called "Clarinet Performance Practices and Teaching in the United
States and Canada", Volume 1 - Cecil Gold, Professor of Clarinet, College
of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Music, University of Akron, Akron,
Ohio 44325, 1977. He also did a similar work for the saxophone.

Fred (

At 10:03 AM 4/4/99 -0500, you wrote:
>On Sun, 4 Apr 1999 wrote:
>> Do you reccomend putting reeds in water? What are the
>> advantages/disadvantages of doing this?
>> Thanks,
>> Nick
>Now this is a good question!
>In the 1970's a questionaire was sent to clarinet teachers and performers
>who help major positions in the United States - I believe by Goldman
>(first name excapes me). In fact, a second questionaire was sent out just
>last year I believe and we are still waiting for the results/compilation
>of that one. In any event, many clarinetists discussed ways to prepare
>reeds. I will try to remember to grab that copy off the shelf in my
>office when I am next there and check it for references to soaking in
>water vs. ? Saliva perhaps?
>I used to soak only in my mouth or get the reed gooey with saliva (several
>of them), and allow them to soak on top of my reed case (resting on the
>bark side) before playing and adjusting/practicing. I have long since
>stopped that practice and put them in a shot glass filled with water. I
>like soaking the entire reed. Reasons? Hmmmm.......I don't know if it is
>accurate or not, but somewhere I aquired a belief that the minerals in the
>saliva break the pores/fibers of the reed down more quickly than water.
>Water also seems to do a better job of soaking the entire reed - although
>the older the reed, the longer they have to soak. For me, they just seem
>to play better when they are broken in and then soaked in water.
>But what a great question - I'm curious what others do?
>Roger Garrett
>Professor of Clarinet
>Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
>Advisor - Recording Studio
>Illinois Wesleyan University
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