Re: I'm New to Oboe posted by Sammi Notgoingtosay
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Hello! I realize my name on here looks funny, but that's because I'm only 17 and I'm not comfortable putting my full name online.
That being said, I'd like to ask you for tips on playing this lovely instrument. I'm a senior in high school, but I'm just starting on oboe. I play bassoon, so I'm used to a double reed, but the embouchure is so much different on oboe. In all honesty, I haven't practiced for so long that after a very short period of time, my cheeks get tired. I realize this is my first day of actually playing, but it's still quite obnoxious.
To sum up my prattling, do you have any tips for a beginner? Thanks so much!
On October 26, 2011 Sammi Notgoingtosay wrote:
I'm in 6th grade and I started playing oboe this year. Not many people play oboe so these posts rarely get replied to. I have a good tone quality (according to my teacher) I don't have that "duck" sound. If I play like 10 measures of notes my lips will give out and starting buzzing as if I were playing a brass instrument. I believe if you practice more, you can avoid that. Oboe is a hard and expensive instrument to play, over the past 2 months I have gone through 6 reeds and each reed is $15. Expect to pay more than $30 each month for reeds. You'll need patience and sometimes you'll get extremely frustrated and just throw your oboe. And its usually because of the reed. Don't let reeds discourage you, inspect a reed before you buy it and don't get frustrated. I recommend a Jone's Medium Soft Reed for practice and keep a Marlin Lesher for performances. Jones are consistent and durable while Marlin Lesher are fragile but sound great in short periods like in performances. Oboe reeds and extremely fragile so take care of them. Even if there is no physical damage, oboe reeds will stop playing or sound worse after a week or two. Don't use an oboe reed past 3 weeks because its not going to sound right.
|Edited by Matthew Lin on November 14, 2011 @ 12:59 am|
well first congrats on starting to play the oboe a lot of people don't want to play it because they say its to hard. But with practice you will get better. about your question, I'm just starting as well (little over a year) and i found the biggest hurdle was oboe reeds. My teacher told me to not focus on reeds and buy them online. This helped me SO much! I could practice and not have to worry about if i have a good reed for the concert or for rehearsal. I highly recommend getting your oboe reeds from www.oboeexcel.com/oboe-reeds
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