Feeling stunned & very flattered!
This morning I received a phone call from Sarah Francis who has asked me to play in some specialist orchestral class for people who are "way beyond grade 8" at the British Double Reed convention in May . My fear is that she's invited me by mistake, & that when I attend her course in April, she'll realise this & "sack" me!
That sounds very exciting.
What lovely encouragement, Hardying!
Have you worked with Sarah Francis before? I've met her (she's a friend of a family friend) and she was very supportive and gracious but I'm not sure how she'd react if she actually heard me play!
Nice to hear that you are both continue to battle bravely on, Louise1712 and Mrs B! I hope your respective reed and oboe problems sort themselves out soon.
I'm having very peculiar reed issues. Like Roseau, I suspect they're weather/season-related. I expect they'll have another shock when the rainy season starts, which could happen any time in the next few weeks.
I got a telling off from my teacher on Tuesday. He berated me for not practising as I'd "slow down again" (so it wasn't just my imagination...)... I'm not sure on what basis he decided I hadn't practised, though, since I didn't even make my lesson. I had a slight prang in the morning and had to have a quick repair done to the car before I could get it back on the road again.
The result was that I missed my lesson and solfeo class. I did make it in time for the salsa rehearsal, which was great as a few invited "pros" turned up to fill us out a bit: a decent pianist, a couple of extra percussionsts, a pair of better singers (who will do the choruses when the main star turns up, which will no doubt not be until the dress rehearsal) and a trumpet. Made everything soooo much easier! Just need to make sure I find enough time this weekend to make sure I'm really confident with all the entries, amidst finishing writing papers and end-of-year reports.
Concert is a week on Sunday.
My teacher also stuck around after the rehearsal to observe me teaching. I suggested he took the lesson, since he was around, and I could watch and learn but he wasn't having it. Except that after about 3 mins he couldn't resist stepping in. I do hope I wasn't transmitting too much anxiety as teaching in front of him was just as nerve-wracking as being on the receiving end. Worse, in fact.
I am at bit of a loss as to how to help the student articulate properly. He starts every note with his breath, which means that there is no flow between notes. I did lots of explaining (as did my teacher before finally leaving me in peace to get on with the lesson) and some work just on the reed - easier for him to concentrate on tonguing without other things on the oboe to think about - and did for a brief stretch get some tongued crotchets. But never on the first note. And it was very difficult for him to replicate on the oboe.
Any tips with which I can encourage him would be very welcome!