As a double reed player during this time of virus trouble, I’m concerned about my playing habits, and what risks I can avoid to stay healthy. Playing music is soul satisfying. I think we can create beautiful music and stay safe by following a few practices.
Are we at grave risk? The answer seems to change from day to day. Let’s hope for the best, but consider our potential risks.
I am personally and professionally doing some things that I think could be helpful in lowering your risk. I sincerely hope you’ll find them useful.
This is a standard practice between teachers and students, and many don’t give it a second thought. I am now doing the following:
- Disinfect reeds between each share.
- Take this opportunity to have students become self reliant and adjust their own reeds.
- Allow reeds to fully dry and stop using humidified reed cases.
Things I won’t do right now:
- Try someone else’s instrument and/or bocal or let others try mine.
- Try out someone else’s reed or bocal.
- Go to rehearsal without liquid disinfectant for my reeds, and wet wipes for times when hand washing may not be possible.
Things I will do right now:
- Wash my cloth and silk swabs (and do this much more frequently).
- Allow my instrument to dry thoroughly, and if put away damp, open the case when I get home.
- Remember that paper can transmit virus, and clean hands regularly after music is handed out, and while flipping pages.
- Bring my instrument in for professional cleaning and adjustment, especially if it’s been a while.
I’ll keep adding to this as I think of additional things. Let me know what else we should be doing.
Stay safe out there double reeders!
. . . Brian Charles
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