Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.
 

Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.

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Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.    16:41 on Monday, December 31, 2012 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Elafacwen
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I played oboe for approximately 8 years while growing up. I was very active and competitive in honors band while in high school, but I quit playing all together when I started college back in 2009.
I was going to keep playing through college by joining either my University's band or orchestra, but my parents talked me out of it, telling me it was a waste of time. Oh how I wish I never listened to them...
I am home on winter break, and I decided to dig out the old oboe. I only played for about 10 minutes, and my mouth went numb, I became light headed, and I could not physically force any more air into the reed. I'm not sitting here with a sore mouth and a bad headache.
What should I do to get get 'back into shape.' How long am I looking at here?

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Re: Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.    14:18 on Sunday, January 06, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

darryaz
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You'll be amazed how quickly it comes back to you. I quit playing, I thought forever, but 20 years later decided the oboe would be a good hobby for my retirement.

I've had an oboe for about a month and found a good reedmaker. I'm far from the player I once was, but things are progressing nicely.

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Re: Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.    19:17 on Thursday, January 17, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

rbreslin
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Hi -

Anything that helps you practice and improve your confidence is good.

Check this out .. www.scalehelper.com

This App actually listens to your playing and gives you feedback - so it can help with your embouchure and stability of tone - and the accuracy of your pitching.

I listens to you and assesses your playing through scales an arpeggios - and even makes this kind of practice fun!

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Re: Getting back into playing after nearly 4 years of abscense.    16:21 on Saturday, January 19, 2013 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

rbreslin
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Hi All, have a look at this too ..

a sight reading exercise game called Note Hitter

www.notehitter.scalehelper.com

It's addictive. (iPhone only - sorry)


   

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