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Re: Beginner Clarinet Reed Strength
We start beginners on #2 Mitchell Lurie (which are about a 1.5 strength Van Doren strength). Using these reeds will promote firming the embouchure muscles without biting from the jaw—if the child bites at all the tip opening will close and no sound will come out. After a period of 4 to 6 weeks we move the kids to Van Doren blue box 2’s. They typically go through two boxes of these and by the time we reach February or so we move to a single box of 2.5’s then in April/May/June we move to 3’s (promoting the purchase of silver box more than blue). Parents buy all reeds.