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 Re: Chirpy/ squeaky reeds
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2019-01-10 23:35

A "chirp" is an ultra high-pitched noise, approximately an octave above high C (6 leger lines above the staff). It is most common in reeds that have pronounced thick and thin sections and/or a sharp transition from heart to tip.

To the OP, I just recalled something from my early reed-making days. If you scrape the tip of a new reed so that it plays and leave the back virtually unscraped, the resulting sound can be chirpy and sharp. If your reeds are normal length, between 68 and 70 mm long, then you might try scraping the back in the "window" area.

Here's another tip: a technique that works to lower pitch is to scrape the area that connects the spine to the heart...thinning that area that usually makes the reed darker, less resistant, and lowers the pitch.

There are so many possibilities of things you are doing wrong that you really need a teacher in person to see what you're doing.

Bay Area, California

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