Where Are All The Oboists These Days?
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Where Are All The Oboists These Days?
Apr 30 2010, 05:48 PM
Joined: 17-April 07
Member No.: 10759
Lordy Lord it seems that all the Oboe threads have vanished in my absence..I see there are a couple one about reeds (no surprise there then.. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) ) and one by Notmusicmum about Dynamics but all the Oboe ones seem to have vanished..
I have been on my travels recouperating after a long spell in Hospital, having collapsed at the IDRS last summer in Birmingham on the first evening can you believe it..I wound up in Birmingham city Hospital and then got shipped off a few days later to West Bromwich with my Oboe and Cor in their double case..I would like to add that my dear friend Marsha Burkett a lovely American Oboist came completely to my rescue and ran back and forth to the hospital with messages and gifts from so many of the performers and companies with CD's etc, their genrosity and kindness astounded me..Thankfully I lived to tell the tale but it was a bad time..
So its nice to be back online I thought I would stop by and say hello..I hope everyone is well and enjoying their music making. See you all soon..
May 8 2010, 10:30 PM
Joined: 18-January 10
From: Central America
Member No.: 87755
My Patricola doesn't have a third octave key either.
E and F are fine. (Well, not fine but that's my fault...) and I have been known to squeak out up to G# but not very often and it depends a lot on the reed.
My impression is that the fingering to choose depends a lot on the oboe. Maybe even on the individual oboe and not just the system, make and model.
I had a dispute with my oboe teacher on Tuesday, for instance. When I was playing around a while back with the limits of my capacities, I "discovered" a high E flat fingering that happened to correspond to a position in the ARBSM scale book. I find that that the preferred fingerings used here for high E, Eb,F etc are terribly complicated so I was a bit surprised to find scales like 2-octave Eb appearing as low as Grade 4. Of course, with the suggested ABRSM fingering it's much easier. But my teacher wasn't having it.
My oboe also has other quirks. For instance, I find the low forked F sounds just fine while the left-hand F sounds "stuffy", which seems to go against conventional wisdom. My teacher recommends using the left-hand B key to stabilise G2 but I find it doesn't make much difference on my oboe.
On the other hand, I do all sorts of things with my right hand to keep that horrible C2 from blaring and have found myself resorting to harmonic variations for a long A, B flat, B (second octave), especially if the final pp of a concert piece.
But I do wonder how "valid" it is to do this. Especially as I'm quite a new player and I don't want to end up just using these devices to cover up problems generated by bad breath support and the other things in kerioboe's list, all of which I have problems with. On the other hand, I tend to thing that, "on the day", anything goes if it saves myself or my colleagues from complete embarrassment.
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