I'm just back from my first oboe lesson of the new academic year
And it was a very satisfying one
I got there about 15 minutes early to warm up in an empty room (as my teacher had suggested) so that I could make the most of the lesson. I was a little taken aback, however, when I went into the room for my lesson and he said he had been favourably impressed by my tone quality from what he had heard when I was warming-up. I deliberately didn't choose to warm up in the room next door to him so he wouldn't hear (but apparently he had gone out into the corridor to talk to the previous pupil's mother).
I suggested we start by me telling him everything I thought needed working on in the 1st Movement of Vaughan Williams Concerto but he said "No, you play it to me first, that way I can hear the good bits as well." And he settled down on a chair to listen (as if he were at a concert), which is something he never does
I played the first two pages to him and he was very complimentary about it; saying that my posture and breathing had both improved (that I was actually standing as though I wanted to share the music instead of being hunched up as if I wanted to keep it for myself and didn't want anyone else to hear
) and that as a result my tone was much richer
He has given me some tips for practising what I consider "the problems" but he didn't see them as anything particularly major.
He had another play of my XL (on the pretext of checking whether it needed any screws tightening) and said again what a lovely oboe he thought it was and added rather wistfully that in some ways it was a pity he hadn't known about them when he replaced his own oboe last year.
I decided a discussion on reed making could wait until next week's lesson - I've got three workable reeds and I was desperate to play.
The only downside to all this is that the Orchestra isn't starting until September 29th so I've got another two weeks to wait