06. September 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Oboe

My finger is going to be fine, from all I can tell. The cut is lower than the last time. Whew. Working on reeds doesn’t really work well unless I put a bandaid back on. Hmmm. I suppose that means I just shouldn’t make reeds … right? ;-)

The oboe, on the other hand, is still questionable. I thought I’d gotten it down. I’ve done the necessary work on the lower joint, which is where the problem was in that area. It was the balancing between the C key and whatever it is that causes you to be able to play the left D#/C# combo and get the C# with no change in sound (if that makes sense). I also adjusted the F resonance key. Then I pull it out later and the G# arm is again out of adjustment. HOW can that happen?!

Fixed. Again.

But I’m not entirely convinced it’s perfect, and I guess I’ll only know for sure when I’m under the gun. There’s something about playing when not under pressure … I can “make it work” (Thank you Mr. Gunn) or “make it so” (Ditto, Captain Picard). But come stress. Come pressure. Come the most important moment, and that’s when the instrument will show its true face.

I do hope it’s a good face. A happy face. A brave face. A pretty face. Something like that. So I don’t lose face.

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