January 2017

Reeding It Right

Want to find out more about reed strength? You’ll get the lowdown here.

If you play a reed instrument, you’ve probably spent some time trying to figure out what the ideal reed strength is for your style. In this video, saxophonist Geoffrey Landman demonstrates how switching between No. 2, No. 3.5, and No. 4.5 reeds can affect your technique and tone. The difference in his playing is noticeable as he moves from one type to the next, a reminder that something as small as a reed can make a big musical difference.