02. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Poetry, Videos

… really! I hate memorization. I know my solos when I’m playing them, and if the wind blew the music off the stand I could —I should!— continue. But I still don’t want to be told I have to play by memory. I blame my brain. But who knows? Maybe I’m just lazy. Probably so.

T, blogger at Notes of an Anesthesioboist, brought a video to my attention. This little guy likes to memorize. He recites “Litany” by Billy Collins. I love Billy Collins. I also love this little boy! Wow!

Gee, he even gets the —es in there! :-)

And thank you, T, for reminding me that this is National Poetry Month!

02. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: BachTrac™, Videos

if off a bit when it comes to rhythm!

Really … watch & listen!

02. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

I got my new oboe! I started jumping up and down at the Conrad store and the guy looked at me and started laughing… :)

02. April 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe

I had a student who bought a Vibra. I’m going to bet Vento and Vibra are sisters. Or brothers. Or something. The Vento is a mere $799.

C’mon, folks … please don’t buy an oboe that’s this cheap! Well, unless you want to use it as a lamp stand. Okay?

Here’s what the page gives us:

What you will find in our Vento oboe is great sound, a solid feel and pro construction features but without the high price tag. We make the body from a composite of Granadilla and nylon resin and then add deluxe fittings like silver plated keys, a semi-automatic octave key, French cork and French steel springs. We include our deluxe wood shell case with accessory compartments and nylon case cover.

Gee, if the corks and springs are French it must be good.

Or not.

My former student’s Vibra looked a bit like a Loree. That was all. It was out of tune. The keys bent horribly. And it was just awful. I felt horrible when they came back from a trip overseas telling me “We bought a new oboe!” What could I say? Sadly, I could only tell them the truth. They had a piece of junk in their possession. (I had told them not to purchase an oboe without checking in with me first, so I didn’t feel as horrible if I might have had I not talked to them about this.)

02. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Saturday Morning Cartoon

Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom – 1953

02. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I think I’m gonna learn Creed on the oboe. :O