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Gouge, Shape & Scrape: A Complete Guide to the Oboe Reed-BOOK

Composer: Anderson, Valarie J.

Publisher: Jeanne Inc.

Edition: 62253


Gouge, Shape & Scrape: A Complete Guide to the Oboe Reed
by Valarie J. Anderson- American oboist and publisher


This book, by the designer of Jeanne oboe shapers and gougers, details the steps in oboe reed making. It has 115 pages with a spiral binding and includes:
  • over 80 full color, detailed photographs of the reed making steps
  • a series of play tests and reed adjustments to take the guess work out of oboe reed making
  • steps to make reeds that are designed to achieve stability of pitch

  • The "American Style" Reed
  • Mechanics of an Oboe Reed
Oboe Reed Making
  • Basic Equipment for Reed Making
  • Making the Reed Blank
  • The Basic Scrape
  • Finishing the Reed
Shaping the Cane
  • Equipment Needed for Shaping
  • Introduction to Shaping
  • Selecting a Shaper Tip
  • The Process of Shaping Cane
Gouging the Cane
  • Equipment Needed for Gouging
  • Why Gouge Your Own Cane?
  • Philosophy of the Gouge
  • Selecting a Gouging Machine
  • The Process of Gouging
Special Topics
  • Sharpening the Knife
  • Staples
  • Arundo Donax