Chris Apps’ reed advice: reed strength V pitch and longevity

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By CHRIS APPS

Easier reeds are more likely to move pitch with pressure changes. It is also true that if your reed is much too hard, attaining a steady pitch will be problematic. Steady blowing will ensure a steady pitch no matter the strength of the reed.

Recent innovations like the PitchGuard Split-Stock System will help a student to easily understand how to keep a steady pitch. Using the patented valve will also help with nervous blowing in solo playing and pipe band playing. Mastering proper blowing technique is essential for maintaining a steady pitch.

Contrary to one school of thought, easier reeds can last just as long as harder reeds. With a proper playing pressure and a careful monitoring of the moisture on the reed, it can last a very long time indeed.