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Trouble with Eb & Db    17:53 on Thursday, August 13, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Rainboe
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Hey thanks for reading! I'm playing oboe (not as main instrument) at my highschool and I'm having trouble playing from Db to Eb. I can play them seperately (not touching at all) but nothing more than that! If I try to play them like eighth notes or something it either sounds like I added a note in-between or the Db sounds like a shriek. I have a pretty short pinky, which is what I'm blaming it on. Is there anything I can do to make this easier or maybe an alternate fingering? We're going to be playing a piece with Db & Eb just about every other note so I'm getting kind of worried. I'm the only oboe player so there's no one to cover up how bad this sounds! I have way too much music to learn right now anyway and I'm pretty sure my band director is insane if he thinks I can pull this off all year.

Thanks for reading!
Rachel


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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    21:12 on Thursday, August 13, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

OboeLover4Life
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Your Oboe should have a left Eb key. Use that in places where you have to go from Db to Eb.



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Here's a fingering chart. It's in Pdf format but it's the clearest one I could find.

http://www.oboesforidgets.com/fingerings/oboechart.pdf

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    16:24 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Rainboe
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Unfortunately my oboe doesn't have that key. Thanks for the help though!

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    16:51 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

OboeLover4Life
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O.o Are you positive?.......

..................Do you perhaps have a picture of your Oboe? Just want to be sure.....

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    16:55 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Rainboe
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I don't have a picture but I asked my band director about it today. He told me it didn't have that key because it's a student model (and old too!) and he's working on getting me a new one. He said it might be here in a couple of weeks or a month. And this new one will have that key! (Yay!) But nope, no key for now.

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    17:13 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Wow really? An oboe WITHOUT a left hand Eb? I'd like to see that =].

By the way, anyone have pictures of a left hand C#?

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    17:24 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Rainboe
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Well I found this video on youtube and it looks like my oboe. So unless I'm confusing the left Eb key with something else... I don't know. Have a look. It's not my video, by the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-8wZYLfztk

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    19:39 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

OboeLover4Life
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Well in that youtube video the left Eb key is there.
I believe you and your band director are confusing the left Eb with the Left F key which beginner models don't have. If your oboe is like the one in that youtube video it also doesn't have a low Bb key.

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The left Eb key is the X on two keys for your left pinky. Have another look at the link I posted.



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O sry forgot. Yes Canadian I believe I saw a picture of an Oboe with a left C# key. They are most well known on Tom Hiniker's Oboes which are made standard.

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    20:01 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Rainboe
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Well you've solved the mystery. I've been fiddling around with different keys and now I've got it! Thanks! You saved my pinky's life!!! *hugs*

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    20:40 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

OboeLover4Life
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O yay. Your welcome.

I hope your rehearsals and performances go well.

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    23:50 on Friday, August 14, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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OboeLover, do you remember where you saw the picture? I'm really curious as to where the key is. I know it's in the Bb, B, Eb, F cluster or the "feather key cluster". So, I'm not quite sure where it fits in....

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    15:27 on Saturday, August 15, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

OboeLover4Life
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I believe it's next to the left F. I saw a picture a long while back searching about Hiniker Oboes....

I'll look around for it and when I find it again I'll message you a link.

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Re: Trouble with Eb & Db    21:26 on Saturday, August 15, 2009 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Aha! I did some looking and I found a rigoutat english horn with a Left C#

Heres like link: http://www.oboes.us/sell/english_horns.html

   

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