Bah. Why does no one actually play the oboe?! Sersiouly. You get hundereds of flutes, clarinets, Saxs ect. But whats up with oboes? Why? What did they do to desere this abuse?
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Im trying out for lead oboe in HSWB this year. SO excited! I turned down HYRO, because id only be 2nd oboe. I want the eperiance of being lead so im going for HSWB.
i'm still here! hah. ive been practicing auditions for trypo and psyo .. coughihatelascaladisetacough but anyway i tried my highschools english horn yesterday (i was lied to by my band teacher) and i absolutely loved it! it is one of the greatest instruments ive played!! besides oboe of course :] in my middle school 7/8, there's only two oboist one in 7th grade and one in 8th.. *does anyone have any good recommendations for handel or marcello concertos around 3-4?
I don't know how many oboeists are in my school but i no that there are 4 in my grade. There are 2 in my band, but i am first chair (of course) We are talking about forming our own band and only instruments who never get any solos in the pieces we play can join. Or maybe we'll just go on strike untill we get to play something that has a little more of an oboe part...
"So, oboe people...what songs are you working on right now? And what makes of oboes do you all play?"
Right now, I'm working on Six Metamorphoses After Ovid by Benjamin Britten for Solo & Ensemble Festival. After that, I want to work on some concerto or the Poulenc oboe sonata, which I "had a taste of", but I had to give the music back to my old teacher when I switched.
I play a Fox 300. I'm planning on buying a Howarth (new or used) english horn soon, and then a Covey oboe.
In my homeschool band, there is one oboe, as well as 4 violins(playing an edited part/mixture)and a cello (playing bassoon parts).
I'm starting to get quite annoyed at people asking things like, "where is the mouthpiece? That tiny thing?!?!?" and "What's the water for?"
Here is something that I found out of a musician's joke book.
Top 10 reasons to play the oboe:
10. People pay attention long enough to figure out what the heck that thing is that you're playing.
9. Learning to transpose music as you play (from reading flute parts).
8. The case is a good weapon in emergencies; bigger than a flute case, can act as a shield, and yet is still portable!
7. If you lose your music, the bells always have the same part.
6. If you lose your music, the flutes always have the same part.
5. If you lose your music, somebody at some point in the piece has the same part!
4. You can always hide in the clarinet section.
3. No one cares if you're not heard.
2. You always get your own stand.
1. No competition!! (at least, not in the same band)
Top 5 Reasons NOT to play the oboe:
5. Oboe reeds are more expensive than clarinet or sax reeds.
4. Havng to learn to transpose music as you play ('cause there's not an oboe part in at least half of the pieces your band will perform).
3. Having to explain that it's an oboe and not a clarinet, every single day. It will also be incumbent upon you to explain what the water is for. Only every other day, but it takes a lot longer to explain why you have to soak your reed in water instead of using spit, especially to regular reed instrument players.
2. Flutes hitting you in the shoulder.
1. Cutting your tongue on the reed (though I've never achieved this)
(Orchestra personell standards)
Leaps short buildings with a running start and favorable winds
Is almost as powerful as a switch engine
Is almost as fast as a speeding bullet
Walks on water in an indoor swimming pool
Talks with God if a special request is approved
To fully understand the one above, you should see the ones for conductor, concertmaster, trumpet player, bassoonist, second violinist, manager, and horn player.
A couple weeks ago, one of the teachers at school saw my bassoon and asked me,"Is that an oboe?" And I was kinda shocked cause oboes and bassoons look very different. The world outside of band shows us double reed players no mercy. lol. Anyway its nice to talk with you all.