Third octave

Third octave

Third octave    04:14 on Friday, January 30, 2015          

(5 points)
Posted by lemon1

I cannot get some tones from third octave.

I am a beginner, please do not shout!!!

If any advices, please come forth!
many thansk!!!

Re: Third octave    02:36 on Thursday, March 12, 2015          

(57 points)
Posted by Hotboy

The third octave key works best when it barely opens, and often the 3rd octave key opens too much and doesn't work like it's supposed to. There is an adjustment screw that you turn to the right to reduce the height of the key when it opens...keep adjusting it to see if that helps.

If that is not the problem, then it is likely that your reed is too light to play up that high. A stiffer reed may help, but you will have to put more in the mouth, close the lips super tight, and blow very hard.

Re: Third octave    22:59 on Thursday, March 19, 2015          

(7 points)
Posted by miffy123

First of all, you need to make sure you got a reed which is capable of going to the third octave (and matches with yourself physically). Two issues:
1) whether you can reach the third octave
2) whether you can play phrases smoothly (nicely) which touches the third octave

Normally, for beginners, you can start with a relatively thinner reed (which has less resistance). And when you go to the third octave, your lips can try to squeeze a bit harder (that is, close the opening a bit).

Also, you can try:
- instead of blowing a lot of air with high pressure, play the note with articulation. (use you tongue, play the note TI-TI-TI....)

The method of articulation helps A LOT even for pro players, to ensure high notes are securely played at the accurate pitch, and with little effort.


BTW, for tailored oboe reeds, you can get it from here: You can tell them your needs and specifications, and they can tailor build for you.

Re: Third octave    13:40 on Wednesday, April 15, 2015          

(4 points)
Posted by charlesjsuck

play the floot

Re: Third octave    13:57 on Wednesday, April 15, 2015          

(57 points)
Posted by Hotboy

I know quite a few intelligent, polite horn players who aren't A-holes on forums...and charlesjsuck isn't one of them...but his name is appropriate...


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