22. February 2010 · Comments Off on Pack Up That Oboe! · Categories: Ramble

I was talking to a young student on Saturday about why I never leave my oboe on the stand if I leave my chair. I asked him, “What happened in Haiti?” He said buildings fell. “Yes, and why did they fall?” “Because they weren’t structurally sound.”

Yes, he’s a smart kiddo!

“But what caused them to fall like they did?” “Oh. An earthquake.” “And where do we live?” “Near the San Andreas fault!”

So I just clarified; I never leave my oboe on the stand if I am not right there to catch it should it tip over. Then I mentioned that of course I always pack it up if I’m done practicing anyway. He looked a wee bit surprised. I asked, “Don’t you swab your oboe and pack it up each time?”

Turned out that no, he left it on it’s stand when he was done. (When I say “stand” I mean a peg or some other kind of oboe stand, not a music stand.)

Of course it then hit me; this is something I forget to tell my students! Sooo … here goes … pack up that instrument when you finish practicing! Swab it first, of course. It’s just safer in the case. And it won’t get dusty in the case.

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