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  • #37316
    Patrick Farrell
    Patrick Farrell
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    Started out using the #2.5 reed that came with my Saxaphone.
    Ordered some #3 reeds to see what they were like. Work OK,
    but harder to play. Went back to the #2.5 reed for now.

    #37322
    Mark Kiziuk
    Mark Kiziuk
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    Hi. My name is Mark. If you are new to playing the saxophone, I would suggest using 1 or 1 1/2.

    #37350
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
    Keymaster

    the beauty of playing on a thin reed is that they will be easy to play.
    a 1.5 for the beginner is good. as you get a little more experience and move on to a 2 you will
    be able to develop your tone to sound stronger than when you played the thinner reeds.
    this should be a progression and so jumping to a 3 with little experience may make playing harder than it needs to be
    and your tone development won’t progress as in the other way.

    #37360
    Patrick Farrell
    Patrick Farrell
    Participant

    Received the information on using #1.5 and #2 reeds as a beginner – I’ll order
    some and start with these – Thanks!

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    jak Swift
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    #3 green java. All day: all the way !! Take it easy jak

    #51271
    brother cavefish
    brother cavefish
    Participant

    what is the benefit of playing stronger reeds, 3,4,5

    #51289
    saxjohnny
    saxjohnny
    Keymaster

    3 is considered a medium. but there are no benefits of playing a strong reed if they’re too hard for you to play.
    everyone is different and so we make the adjustments as necessary…you can’t start on a 3. you start on a 1 or 1.5
    after a while as your tone gets stronger you jump up to the next size and play that for a while. if you jump up again and it’s too hard to play you stick to what you had, but if the new stronger six is just a little stiff and you’re finding your tone is bigger then you stick to that for a while and it gradually becomes normal. this is how we progress with getting a bigger, stronger tone. BUT, some people can do this on a 2 or 2.5 reed…. I think Plas Johnson, most famous for the original Pink Panther recording, plays on a 1.5 or 2.
    I’ve been playing for over 30 years and play a 3, if I get a 3.5 it’s just way too hard.
    it’s different for everyone and playing on a harder reed doesn’t mean anything

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