Re: Reed sound, where does it come from?
- Subject: Re: Reed sound, where does it come from?
- From: wmharps@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 14:06:27 US/Central
>I notice that when I test the re-tuned reeds on the comb without the
>coverplates, the pitch seems sharper than when I put the coverplates back
>on. As a result, I try to pinch the coverplates on the reedplates and comb
>when I do my final tests so I don't put the whole harp back together only to
>discover the re-tuned reed sounds flat.
>Has anyone else experienced this?
In a word, yes. The problem seems to be in changes in the embouchure and
probably air pressure between playing with the covers and without the covers.
One thing that helps for me: when I hold the internal "sandwich" together
(reedplates and comb only) to check a newly-tuned reed, I place my two index
fingers over the adjacent holes. This simulates a mouthpiece and lets me put a
more realistic embouchure on the hole without the covers, without having my
lips interfere with the reed action, and also keeps the other reeds from
sounding. It isn't prefect, but it's closer. Final checks and adjustments
need to be done with the covers in place.
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