i need some tips and such

i need some tips and such

i need some tips and such    17:11 on Friday, January 08, 2010          


i've been playing oboe for about two years now. (i've done clarinet for six.)
solo & ensemble's coming up, and i've decided to try to play a grade five... crazy, i know.
i'm playing romance no. 1, op. 94 by robert schumann.

i would like some tips on how to improve my tone/dynamics/etc. actually, any tips about oboes at all would be good.

also, i'm not particularly sure what strength reed i should be using... in the past i've used the (crappy) ones from the music store, but my band teacher let me use one of her professional ones and i loved it. i just ordered a handmade intermediate reed with a medium strength. do i need to be playing on a harder one?

please and thank you.

Re: i need some tips and such    03:58 on Saturday, January 09, 2010          

(758 points)
Posted by contra448

Sounds like you need to talk to your teacher - she should know your playing abilities & know how to cure your problems as she appears to be an oboist.
There are so amny variables in instruments, reeds & players to make it easy to diagnose problems on a forum. I suggest staying with medium reeds - you need to have very well developed breath support to cope with hard reeds.

Good luck

Re: i need some tips and such    19:08 on Wednesday, January 20, 2010          

(27 points)
Posted by ojoe

im at two years playing and a little bit back i tried a hard one, stick with medium hard are way are way too hard amazingly as their name would suggest


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