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 Re: Fuzzy tone once again...
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-25 08:29

Its hard to give feedback when you're using a new reed. To me the reed sounds hard. It seems like you're clamping down, or biting down, on the mouthpiece and reed too much in an attempt to get rid of the "fuzzy" sound.

I just finished recording my college audition materials. First started with a slightly harder reed since it gave me a rounder sound. Soon however, I changed reeds. The slightly harder reed sounded great when playing loud, but when I was trying to play soft, the fuzzy sound is always there. And since I'm not trying to perform in a big hall but just in front of a camera, the fuzzy sound from playing soft was not helping me at all. And I had to tighten my lips/embouchure a lot. So what did I do? I got a softer reed. Boom, I could play at any dynamic I wanted to without any fuzzy sound. Now if I were playing in huge hall, I would probably use the harder reed.

But if you have a serious issue of biting, it will become a very obvious problem on the softer reeds. You shouldn't bite at all ideally, but on a softer reed, it is much easier to bite. But if you play on softer reeds, the problem should go away hopefully. You just need to not bite.

You are also using a VD M15 mouthpiece. If you bite way too much on them in particular, you will choke the reed off, since the tip opening is so narrow. You CANNOT afford to bite at all with your setup. So get some lighter reeds and don't bite.

The reason I think you are using too hard reeds is because you say that you open a box of Vandorens and often get none of them that will play. I know Vandorens are inconsistent, but.... If your whole box (or several boxes) is full of "bad" reeds, then you're using the wrong strength reeds.

-- Ray Zhang
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"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
-- Gustav Mahler

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