QUOTE(flobiano @ Feb 17 2012, 02:16 PM)
I'd be interested to hear how you get on Roseau. I read that article too and will be having a go with the exercises over the weekend.
What I found really useful was her saying that French and English are not the same and influence the way you articulate on the oboe, confirming something I have sensed and proving I am not going slowly mad
I turned up to my lesson today waving the article and saying I have finally understood why I don't understand. My teacher (ever the optomist) asked if it had made a difference to my playing
I said not yet, but I hoped it would
Actually, inspired by this, I did a bit of research on the internet and found several articles comparing English and French mouth shape/tonge position and the effects this has on playing woodwind instruments. This has given me lots to think about, but will take me a while to assimilate.
What I found helpful in the BDRS article was the idea of saying "L" rather than "t" to check the air-stream and the idea of thinking of the air as a conveyor belt at the front of the mouth. I am less convinced by the relaxed dog tongue (but I am also not sure that I have fully understood what she means).
I also had my first Rite of Spring rehearsal with my teacher's orchestra. I'm playing 3rd oboe (the 4th doubles on Cor). It went better than expected, I couldn't play most of the notes but at least I could keep up enough to know which notes I should be playing and when I should be coming in - most of the time anyway. Having listened to it on YouTube I was worried I'd spend the whole rehearsal being completely lost. So I have some hope that it will become playable!
You are so lucky to have this experience (*jealous*)
QUOTE(katica @ Feb 17 2012, 04:03 PM)
Here's hoping it's the first of many
He was really, really worried about our salsa concert and threatening the Director with calling it off as the rehearsal had been really slow last week... but then we had a really good rehearsal. It was such fun! And we actually got some compliments for once!!!
Maybe you're a band that works under pressure
The flautist and I started work on Gordon Jacob's Inventions for flute and oboe. They're not really hard (maybe around G6?) but it's going to take a while to get them up to speed. We really like them.
My flautist friend is convinced that they're impossible and won't even try sight-reading them with me