Saxophone professor Robert Young explains how he conditions his reeds to optimize playability.

This is an easy to follow video with useful information for players of all ages.


When taken care of properly, reeds can last for a week to around a month. Be sure to change your reed once it shows signs of cracking, has worn thin or is covered in black mold or grime. In addition to improving musical proficiency, Lafitte’s woodwind music teachers can offer tips on how to extend the life of your reeds. We offer a free trial lesson, with group music classes and private music lessons at our music center or online.  We provide music lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in Citrus Heights and surrounding areas, including Fair OaksOrangevaleRosevilleNorth Highlands, and Sacramento.