I’m sorry my blog posting has been so erratic lately, but graduate school has kept me extremely busy lately. The good thing about being in school all the time is that I am constantly getting new ideas that help my playing. So here are a couple of tips for oboist who are perhaps somewhat new to oboe playing, and especially for doublers who might find the breathing and air support required for oboe to be so different from their other instruments.
First tip: Think about blowing the air across the oboe instead of down into it. Don’t ask me why this works. It just does. Somehow doing this helped my tone, and helped my control, especially pitch control. Try it and let me know how it works for you.Paragraph text…
Second Tip: Oboe requires more abdominal work than your other woodwinds. It just does. Get over it. Resolve that every time you put the oboe reed in your mouth, it’s going to be hard work. Do this and you will sound better, have a bigger dynamic range, more control, and generally be a happier person.
Last Tip: Your lips don’t have to be rolled in as much as you think. Quit fighting it. Instead think of the syllable “toh.” It will bring your lips forward. Also consider the open, relaxed throat position you get from this syllable. Try to keep it at all times. This might make you out of tune at first, especially if you’ve been using a high tongue and/or pinched throat to control pitch. But if you keep the increased abdominal support from tip 2, this problem goes away.
I’ve gotta run to bassoon reed class. Happy Thursday, and happy oboeing to everyone.