QUOTE(kerioboe @ Feb 24 2011, 08:10 PM)
QUOTE(sbhoa @ Feb 24 2011, 06:08 PM)
QUOTE(KatieS @ Feb 24 2011, 05:06 PM)
Aww sbhoa dont feel like that. I could never get scales at all, it always took me ages to learn them. You'll get there
The stupid thing is I DO get them....... just have this annoying block when I put the clarinet near my mouth.
When I first started playing scales on the oboe, I used to have to mentally visualise the piano keyboard first so I couldn't play scales "instantly". With the exception of G# melodic minor, for which I still have a mental block (but I think that is partly because I play it as 12th and not 2 octaves), my fingers now know what to do directly on the oboe without the need to see a piano.
I think you just have to be patient and do lots of repetition. In the end, I stopped trying to work on a number of scales at the same time and spent a whole week on one scale. I spent about 15 minutes a day just on one scale (playing it with lots of different articulations, different rhythms, playing up down, as well as down up, playing each note twice, three times etc. And eventually the fingering stuck. (Although you possibly don't have the time to do this if you have an exam entry coming up).
Also, I initially played C major and C minor together (because that was what my piano teacher had taught me to do) but my teacher said that for woodwind players it is better to do the relative minors because it is easier to remember the fingering that way . (I actually ignored this bit of advice - the keynote habit was too well ingrained- but you may find it useful).
Didn't find the piano keyboard thing helpful.
I built them up fairly slowly, one or 2 at a time and began with related pairs up to 5 sharps and flats.
Cut down in the last month or so to just the exam requirements for the grade.
Done rhythms, articulation, down/up and up/down. Tried starting/turning round in different places, invented different patterns but still don't have the consistency.
Trouble is I think it's sort of getting to be a habit for them not to work......