How to Break In Your Clarinet and Saxophone Reeds

Date Posted: December 02, 2023

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5 Simple Steps to Make Your Reeds Sound Better and Last Longer

A good break-in process helps reeds adjust to their new environment and gradually get used to making music. After all, it’s a plant remember?! It’s never been asked to do this before! It needs to be treated gently out of the box and given time to recover. Here’s what to do:

1. Open your new box and carefully remove a few reeds from the FlowPack or packaging.

2. Moisten reed with saliva or water. Do not over soak. 5-10 seconds is plenty.

3. Play each reed for a few minutes

4. Remove from mouthpiece, wipe off saliva, and store in a quality case.

5. Play reeds progressively longer each day for a week. By the week’s end, your reed should be responding crisply and sounding full.

*Reeds that are hard to begin with might take a little more time to break in.

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