Ideal Humidity for Saxophone Reeds

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You need to keep a few things in mind when storing and maintaining your saxophone reeds. Learn about the ideal humidity for saxophone reeds with help from a saxophonist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

My name is Mike Eyia, I'm a freelance saxophonist in Los Angeles. I play here locally with several different bands all over the city in clubs. I also do tours and studio work. Today we're going to talk a little bit about the ideal humidity for saxophone reeds. In all honesty, the ideal humidity for saxophone reeds is a consistent humidity. I lived in New Orleans, which is one of the most humid places in the country. In New Orleans my reeds behaved great because the air was so full of moisture that the reeds tended to stay a little more moist. I've had auditions when I auditioned for Circus Ole, I was in Las Vegas in the middle of the desert and actually while I was there, my reeds were completely different than when I had practiced earlier that day in LA. So the best thing for you to do to get a good sound in your reeds no matter what humidity you're in is to make sure and just be used to that humidity and that type of climate. If you're in the desert, you want to play your reeds, get used to them, and you're probably going to have to do different things to make your reeds play well than you would if you were in a really humid environment like in New Orleans or Florida or somewhere with a more tropical climate. My name is Mike Eyia, and that is the ideal humidity for saxophone reeds.


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