QUOTE(pushpull @ Jun 6 2010, 05:51 AM)
QUOTE(notmusimum @ Jun 5 2010, 08:15 PM)
The XL has sneeked in and is starting to make itself at home
I'll have to leave the front door unlocked and see if one will sneak in here.
Well, it's time for my confession... I left my hand luggage open on that famous last trip to Howarth... and an XL snuck itself in!!!!!
Of course it's all your fault because of none of you turned up on Friday at Howarths to hold my hand, or rather my bank card. I actually managed to hold to my promise to myself and left the shop for the train having spent hours "test driving" several oboes but without buying one. Then I realised I was going to miss my train and I'd left my sweater behind. I decided this was definitely a sub-conscious message to myself and rethought things as I went back for it.
Now feeling like I fell in love, got engaged and then went through a shot-gun marriage in the space of a day!
Oh well, as they say - it's better to regret what you've done than to regret what you haven't done. And it's only the bank account that's regretting it anyway.
I am now the proud owner of a grenadilla XL!!!
I should say I fell immediately head over heels with the cocobolo XL S7 (a thinwalled, very light oboe that my wrists would have liked much better). It sounded like me. But in the end the darker sound and extra oomph of the grenadilla XL won me over and I thought I could do more things with it, as well as blending better here. A Marigaux was a pretty close runner up.
Just off to the Symphony Institute to show it off and defend my self against all the French Fenceposters!
QUOTE(des @ Jun 4 2010, 02:08 AM)
It's the day of my final recital today, if any of you fancy watching it'll be streamed at 11:15 a.m.. I'm playing the Mozart Quartet and the outer movements of the Schumann Romances. http://www.york.ac.uk/music/lyonslive/
I suppose "outer movements" mean I and III?
I'm really sorry I missed this!
QUOTE(kerioboe @ Jun 4 2010, 02:32 AM)
I was lucky in that a couple of years ago my teacher organised a reed-making workshop for an hour once a fortnight for me and a teenage pupil who was about to go off to university and who he felt needed to be able to make her own reeds before she stopped having lessons. I do think you need regular input for some time when you first start.
That's a great idea. I am going to suggest to my teacher that he does something like this with a group of us on a more regular basis.
Reeds are incredibly sensitive to humidity. If they like the climate in Costa Rica I'm not surprised they didn't like the English climate. I notice a difference in mine just taking them from the South of France to England so imagine what you subjected your poor reeds to! I have resigned myself to rescraping one when I arrive (and not my favourite one as I know the favourite one will work again when I get back home).
Am I right in thinking that Costa Rica doesn't really have seasons? Where I live spring and autumn are particularly annoying periods when the weather is quite variable and a reed which works perfectly one day can be horrible the next day and then be nice again a couple of days later. There are weeks when my teacher refuses to scrape a reed saying the weather is too changeable and that scraping it will most likely mean wrecking a perfectly good reed. Sometimes I think I could just use my reeds as a barometer
Funnily enough, usually my Costa Rican reeds work reasonably well in the UK. Probably the somewhat damp climates on both ends mean they travel quite well. They're hopeless in the dry climate of highland Bolivia or the dried out air of centrally heated or air conditioned rooms in Canada. So, I think it might have been the reed...
We just have two seasons here, the dry and the rainy season. Though sometimes it feels like the rainy and the rainier season! Geography seems to make a bigger difference than the actual seasons... I feel a big difference between the cooler, dampish climate where I live, the warmer and drier climate where I study (though only about 20 miles to the west) - just perfect for oboe sound and my reeds - and the really humid tropical climate of another town in the south where my teacher teaches at weekends and where I have played a few times.
QUOTE(kerioboe @ Jun 6 2010, 05:16 AM)
Anyway, afterwards, my teacher said I had performed brilliantly; that I had finally understood one of the basics of performing: that making mistakes doesn't matter but the way you handle them does. He said he was really impressed by the way I had taken everything in my stride and recovered without visibly giving the audience any sign that things weren't going to plan.
Good for you! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!