Short Reed or Flute?

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Short Reed or Flute?

Postby fireman17 » Wed Dec 15, 2004 3:34 pm

For a beginner which would be easier to start with short reed or a flute? :help:
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Postby 98ramtough » Wed Dec 15, 2004 3:43 pm

If your just starting, just start a shortreed. It will make it MUCH easier...

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Postby Drew Willemsen » Wed Dec 15, 2004 4:28 pm

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Postby mallardhunter » Wed Dec 15, 2004 4:55 pm

I just got a short reed and I think it is way harder then a flute. It might be because I am used to blowing one. I am getting the hang of it now. Short reeds has a bigger varity of sounds they can make.
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Postby Drew Willemsen » Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:24 am

If you are going from a flute to a short reed be prepared to parctice a lot, it is a totally different principal behind using each. The main thing would be not to "blow" into the short reed like you do in the flute, but instead "grunt" from the bottom of your stomach like you are fogging up a piece of glass. I hope this helps someone....keep up the practicing... :smile:
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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:14 am

I just started using a short reed. I like using my eastern shoreman flute for long distance and as they are getting closer. But wanted to use the short reed as they are circling before the commit. The flute just seems way too loud for up close. The short reed seems to need heavy grunting air to blow well and the flute does not sound good at all with a heavy grunt. Its hard to do the change back and forth. I guess I need to pracice the changing air velocities some more.
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Postby 98ramtough » Thu Dec 16, 2004 10:35 am

This guy is just starting calling, so a shortreed will probably be easy for him to pick up. Guys who are used to a floot have a tougher time on the shortreeds because they blow into them and it breaks the reed and sounds like a kazoo......
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Postby Giv'em3 » Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:30 am

Short reeds are much harder to learn, but well worth it in the end.
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Postby quackkiller » Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:28 pm

yes short reeds are harder to blow, but in the long run, you are better off getting a short reed because of the versatility. I switched from a flute to a short reed a long time ago and it's one of the best decisions I've made.
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Postby hawkdog » Wed Dec 22, 2004 10:21 pm

I can't blow a flute for the life of me, but a short reed was easy for me to learn. More like a duck call.
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Postby duckbuster » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:51 pm

id say learn the shortreed.....might be a lil harder but it will be alot harder going from flute to shortreed than starting with a shortreed then if you want to get a deeper sound then go to the flute.
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Postby remslider » Tue Dec 28, 2004 7:15 pm

i would say start with the short reed. If you learn on the flute it is alot harder to pick up the short reed. Try the Honker Talk video by Shawn Stahl, it is well worth the $ for learning the short reed call and practice as much as possible.
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Postby labman45 » Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:03 pm

I have started with a flute and it was a bigriver its a call that u can control easily and produces a great sound
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Postby C_DUbb » Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:21 pm

As a call maker I would say go with the short. BUTT have someone around that knows how a short reed works. Tuning and techniques. I think going from a Flute to a short reed is difficult because the techniques for a flute are different and you end up reverting to flute type calling. IMO it works but you are not getting the full advantage of the short reed. Dont get me wrong,, I will still pull out the Flute every now and then.

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Postby Mallard Krazy » Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:03 am

I would go with a short reed. If you are looking for a quality instructional tape Fred Zink's "The Ancient Art of Paralyzing" is the one. It is cheap and well worth it. Like anything in life, you must work at it in order to be effective.
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Postby honker88 » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:18 pm

SHORT REED!!!----------------Tim Ground or Hunter Grounds r both SWEET calls
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Postby duck hunter cam » Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:51 pm

Short Reeds only way to go.
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Postby duckman1106 » Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:00 pm

archeryrob wrote:I just started using a short reed. I like using my eastern shoreman flute for long distance and as they are getting closer. But wanted to use the short reed as they are circling before the commit. The flute just seems way too loud for up close. The short reed seems to need heavy grunting air to blow well and the flute does not sound good at all with a heavy grunt. Its hard to do the change back and forth. I guess I need to pracice the changing air velocities some more.


I wouldn't do that if I were you. If you can pull it off, then great, but you are probably going to end up with alot of sour notes. That would be like swinging a baseball bat, then a golf club. The two are very similar, yet take different techniques. My guess is the first time you get a big 'ol group of honkers coming in, you'll pick up the short reed and blow into it instead of grunt. Either that or you'll put a big heavy grunt into your flute...yuk! :eek:
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Postby brdprey » Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:31 am

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Postby Gooseboy » Wed Jul 20, 2005 3:28 pm

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Postby Gunney » Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:42 am

I've got to tell you that I agree with everything that has been said. I started on a Big River flute, but switching over was the best thing i could have done. Now I can bareley even blow that flute. Go inexpensive and make sure you get a GOOD instructional. A few have already been stated, but I'm a huge fan of Stahls video. Remember... technique is the most important factor when using a short reed.

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