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 9 2010, 09:23 PM
Joined: 18-January 10
From: Central America
Member No.: 87755
Thanks kerioboe, A.U.K. and pushpull for all your suggestions. Actually, when I said I did "all sorts of things" with my right hand on C (yes, C above middle C) I was referring to just what you suggested. That is, I use between one and three "extra" fingers, depending on how the reed sounds. I hadn't thought about half depressing a key, though - I'll try that.
It could be that my LH F needs some attention but it might be me. More mirror work required, I expect, before screwdrivers are taken out or oboe doc called.
Otherwise I have come to the conclusion that my little old Patricola holds up very well. I do check my harmonics against the normal way of playing those notes and the result is pretty good. The biggest shortcoming for me is the weight. It't really heavy and I probably need to get an adjustable thumb rest too to make it more comfortable. (Oh dear, the prospect of Howarths is looming - I need a stern accompanier to make sure I don't buy up the shop again!)
Well, I had just convinced myself I was OK with my Patricola until your little exchange took me over to the Howarth and Lorée websites and I came away drooling! I'd like to try them together with a few others but I don't think I'll be able to make Oklahoma this year, sadly.
Lorée are vey popular indeed here but that's probably at least partly the American influence. My teacher also suggested that I look at Marigaux. I am sure I heard someone the other day talking about a Royal with an AK bore . Can that be right? Whatever it was it was clearly a much-admired instrument.
Our reeds are American-scrape too. I have to say I quite like them and how they sound. But then, despite my nationality, I couldn't really call myself a British oboist.
I asked to see Gordon Hunt's at the IDRS last year - they look like a sort of combo between British and American. Looked like sort of W scrape but not as long as an American scrape.
I'd be intrigued to see yours, Andrew...How did you come to do a German scrape?
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