QUOTE(MrsB @ Mar 11 2012, 07:31 AM)
Well I've had 3 sessions with my new reed and I feel like I'm going backwards with my playing. As I'm hurting my lip and sound awful am going back to my soft reed for a while before I lose the enjoyment of playing. Might have to buy a medium soft reed instead but it'll have to wait a little while as I've already spent quite a lot in the month I've been playing.
Andrew's right, not worth doing your lip in. New reeds always feel a bit tough to start with, especially at the beginning. It may be worth - once your teacher has looked at it - just doing some short bouts of long notes on the reed, or even in the oboe, to get used to it. Use the softer ones for longer practices.
QUOTE(A.U.K @ Mar 11 2012, 03:01 PM)
Have done studies in Ab and E major, C# minor Bb Major. No real reason for choosing them other than Emaj and C# minor are related. The Ab one is nice and not my favourite key. The Bb one is a hoot, I love it, its so cadenza-ish and has some real drama if you phrase it right.
The Flower Clock, am working on the faster sections, movement two is tricky, (well the whole thing is) but the rhythm is fiendish to count but it's coming together. Might add Madeline Dring into the Mix when I see my teacher on Wednesday. Going to take my entire Oboe library with me and let her choose. I just dont want to play Baroque at the moment so maybe Dring, Hindemith, nothing too romantic..I want to wreak musical havoc.
Sorry to read about your surgery recently, I hope you soon feel better and back to your normal self. So get well soon hun.
Sounds like you're having fun. Whose studies are they?
Thumbs up to Dring and Hindemith! I rather fancy getting hold of the Rubbra Sonata but I'm dead broke. And I need to acquire some decent vibrato first... and cure a lot of other technique problems too...
Thanks for sympathy re op. It was surgery that had to be done and I'd been getting more and more under the weather after my return from the UK in August (bronchitis was making other unrelated problems much worse).
Roseau, I have to say I've been much luckier with my scar than you were with yours. It looked and felt pretty good right from the sixth day when my stitches were removed. Internally is a whole different kettle of fish. They tell me that it takes a whole year to heal fully. I stop if it feels too painful when I'm doing pilates but mostly - on the oboe too - the soreness feels more like muscles getting back to fitness, so worth working through it a bit. Anacrusis did say she thought the oboe would be good for recuperation in the long run and it feels as though she's right. The diaphragm / upper abdomen area is in pretty good shape considering enforced rest. The lower abdomen is another thing. Now I really feel how much you use it too.
Lips are definitely a bit out of shape too. Just had to stop oboe practice because my embouchure blew out. Probably because I was practising lots of high Es and Fs.
A really silly question to finish up today. I was practising an F#maj scale and forgot how the fingering should go at the top end. E# to F# is very awkard. How do you folks manage it? (Especially those with conservatoire oboes - sometimes thumbplate fingering up there seems to be different.)