I am I think winning the battle over the slightly different placement of the keys on the new Oboe, lazy fingering seems to have been the issue and a poor hand position which has been adjusted by playing in front of a mirror which was not a heartening experience for a whole myriad of reasons..Ab is now much improved and I even using the left hand Eb when playing Eb major, it saves a whole lot of flapping around with the right hand..I use both of course when playing the scale, sometimes the left hand and then the right hand which all makes for fluency overall. This fairly intense study of hand and finger placement has also improved how close to the keys my fingers remain which in turn has sped things up considerably which is good. Kate I am exactly the same as you Emajor is a doddle but Ab has been a challange..my teacher said I was being cack handed lol
I have of late, been incredibly busy, not to mention unbelievably tired but have tried to practice every day for at least an hour, even if it's only scales to keep my embouchure going and my fingers on the move and it's paid off, things being far more consistent and reliable..My studies are going quite well though the one in Db has proved fiddly from a rhythm standpoint, it's in 9/8 and has allsorts of cross beat passages which has had me tapping my toes frantically in quaver beats then trying to feel the dotted crotchet instead..it's tied me up in knots several times..The study in Bb minor is lovely..I haven't even begun to look at the Bmajor study or the G# Minor one I have just been too tired to tackle something new..Anyway it's lesson day tomorrow so we shall no doubt read them through along with the pieces I am working on which strangely never seem as difficult or frankly as awkward, the Herbert Howells 2nd movement is dicey stuff with some serious challenges and one heck of a slip between 2nd Octave C# down to 1st Octave C# but that is the worst of it really but it's a lovely work though hellishly long..I think I'd rather be playing Finzi's Interlude which though difficult isn't as long and has some stand out melodies, the Cadenza is particularly lovely..
Anyway it's tipping down with rain here and I am having a quiet day at home, so shall polish up my keywork and make things all sparkly and do my practice..
Oh as a foot note I had considered going to the Bournmouth Rainbow Rusties day, (yes really that's what it has been called this year due to it being the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of LGBT rights..though why it's necessary I can't say and I am a member of said community) but it's a heck of a schlepp, nearly a 100 miles there and then back so I am dickering a bit..Do I fancy the program..meh, not overly, William Tell Overture (loud), Britten Soiree Musicales (downright tedious in parts) and Swan Lake Overture..not exactly rivetting stuff so even though its the 50th anniversary of my peoples walk to freedom I am in two minds..Yes Yes I know I should go, be supportive etc but the thought of huge sections of flutes, rafts of clarinets and a small hoarde of Oboes does not fill my soul with excitement, the tuning issues alone are enough to dissuade me and though it might be an unpopular thought I can't see why they have to make it "Rainbow Rusties" as if you need to mark out the anniversary..why can't it just be Rusties as usual, why mark it as any different..We have just had "Pride" all over the globe pretty much, not that I go to that either, I went once,decades ago, never again, the thought of thousands of people making an utter spectacle of themselves, and believe me they do, fills me with horror, they seem hellbent on screaming as loudly as possible which does not appeal to me one bit. I don't need a parade to acknowledge my existence or confirm that which I already know, to be honest I find it rather tyrannical to keep pronouncing our identity like this. I think the thing is why make an orchestral day about human sexuality and identity, why is it relevant to the making of music..I just can't see how it's linked nor why it is necessary and the tagging it onto what is normally lovely music making day seems a bit off putting.
hey ho, onwards and upwards