I used to be a very active member of this forum, but as time and tide stands still for no man or woman and life kind of got in the way I lapsed from posting completely. I hope this new thread will reinvigorate the Oboe community and we can once again, chat, natter away, advise and if needs be offer a shoulder when things are not going so well.
That said I am sad to see that the Oboists who used to post here seem to have drifted off and our little community seems to have disappeared. Lets be honest here, who else can ever hope to understand the trials and tribulations we Oboists go through most days just to get the wretched things to play, if its not the Instrument being downright awkward its the reeds which as we all know can be diabolical. One step forward and two steps back is something all musicians can relate to but Oboists can relate to it very intensely.
Musically I have just started working on the Gillet Studies which are monumental in their demands (and frankly nigh on impossible in some cases), I am only on the easiest ones which given the requirements makes the word "Easiest" redundant. I am still experimenting with reeds and scrape and have, says he rather proudly, become rather deft at altering and adjusting reeds to suit me..that said last night they were all total "bathbuns" (forum acceptable language) and a simple scale of Gmaj over the entire range of the Instrument, ie 3rd Octave G to lowest B natural and back up to the tonic was frightful, chromatics were the same..today not so bad. Pieces I am currently working on some Debussy and revisiting Haydn, plus I have some new music coming from Germany which is very exciting, pricey but exciting.
I have taken a break from playing in Orchestras, the time demands were just too great and I needed to work on technique rather than just play..I was and still am weak technically and an appalling sight reader so I shall spend the next couple of years working on basic technique, articulation and sound production..I have a friend, a pro player, my very first teacher who is trying to get me circular breathing (I don't hold out much hope but I'll give it a go)..I might do some music societies concerts if I am up to scratch but I'm keeping a very open mind as at the moment I am simply not good enough but lets see what some good solid work does.
So please, Oboists, Cor Anglais-ists and even Oboe D'amore-ists please jump right in..share your thoughts, your joys, your woes..the dark and the lighter moments..What are you playing at the moment, what is challenging you, what is improving, what are you finding difficult, what is going well..
Whatever it is, discuss and lets bring some double reed life back to this forum.
Viva Woodwind, Viva Oboe..