30. December 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The middle school band concert wasn’t too bad. if they’d muted theoboe, it would have been perfect. Oboes are really loud duck horns.

… I’m impressed!

Really now … I had no idea someone could do this with those little things! (Thanks, Delmar, for bringing this to my attention!)

29. December 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Oh yeah Band was AWESOME today! It was weird to hear all 46 instruments play together but it sounded great!!! way to go band!!! I’m gonna have to get used to hearing an oboe though…that was a little odd hehe

I received a Nook Simple Touch (thanks Dan!) for Christmas. I already had an iPad (yes, I have far too many gadgets), but I was finding that reading books on the iPad was making my eyes go bonkers. Of course the first thing I did after setting up my Nook was look for some free books. Even spending a wee bit bugged me. I wanted free, thank you very much!

Then I thought about it.

Hmm. I have a writing friend who thinks all recorded music should be free. He thinks burning CDs for friends should be allowed. While conversing once I suggested that I should just copy books and send them to friends so they didn’t have to buy them. He replied, “That’s different.”

I think I’ll buy some books. Because I’m not sure it’s any different.

BUT, that being said (or written, really), I also found out I can borrow books from our local public library for free. Just as we can borrow CDs from them. The books get “returned” in a certain number of days. I’m not sure how that works. Do they just disappear off the Nook? Guess I’ll find out since I just borrowed one. At the library’s site we are informed that we are not to copy CDs. I’m going to guess my writing friend would go ahead and copy them no matter if he decided he liked what he heard. Burning a CD is much easier than copying a book. So far. (I’m guessing someone will figure out a way to copy a downloaded book before it gets “returned” to the cyber-library in the sky.)

The world is changing. The internet, our computers, digital readers — it’s changed so much — the way we see things, what we value enough to purchase, even the size (not literally, mind you!) of the world. I know things are going to change regarding recorded music and videos. As many already know, I want to be able to view and hear groups I’m in on YouTube and rarely can that happen. I’d love to get a copy (even a snippet) of works I’ve played so I can share a few minutes of that on my blog. Right now, for the most part, I’m unable to do that. Maybe in the next few years that will be different. I hope so.

… can you tell I’m just tossing all of this out without really editing … I really AM just pondering and trying to figure out what’s what …

And then there’s SOPA.

Most (all?) of my friends and acquaintances who are online are opposed to SOPA. The union I belong to favors it (but many of its members do not). My family is definitely anti-SOPA. I’m still trying to figure the whole darn thing out, but I suspect I am with my family as wella as that majority (all?) of friends and acquaintances on this one. (I hope this doesn’t mean I get a spanking from my union or any colleagues in favor of SOPA, though!)

Oh and finally — since I’m in pattyramble™ mode — there’s that little issue with copying sheet music. Hmmm. Guess we won’t get into that for now. That’s a big can ‘o worms, I’m sure!

29. December 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

apparently forgot which instrument Stevie Wonder plays, i always confuse bass with oboe

28. December 2011 · Comments Off on Four More Measures For Bassoons In Mother Goose · Categories: Read Online

Okay, bassoonists, you get some more notes!

The principal bassoonist at the New York Philharmonic got some good news recently: The bassoon part in Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose” ballet (“Ma Mère l’Oye”), which will be performed on the orchestra’s program for three consecutive evenings beginning Wednesday (and reprised Jan. 4), just grew by four full measures. “She was tickled pink,” says Arbie Orenstein, the Queens College musicologist who, while examining the work’s original manuscript, came across a musical line that, strangely enough, had never made it into the score that has been performed for the past 100 years.

Ravel originally composed “Mother Goose” in 1910 as a set of duets, for one piano and four hands, for the children of friends. A year later he orchestrated that piano suite for a small orchestra, subsequently expanding that orchestral transcription into a ballet based upon the same children’s stories he’d previously adapted. Ravel, who died in 1937 and is, along with Claude Debussy, considered to be one of the two most important French composers of the first half of the 20th century, once said that he considered “Mother Goose” and his 1912 ballet, “Daphnis and Chloé,” to be his most significant works. (Many associate Ravel with “Boléro,” the one-movement, 15-minute orchestral work that the self-critical composer famously described as a piece consisting wholly of “orchestral tissue without music.”)

I read it here.

28. December 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Moving the air to play the oboe is SOOOOOO much different from moving the air to sing! It’s another game all together.

28. December 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

From Robert [Downey Jr.] I kept hearing, ‘We’re going to have the Schubert,’ ‘We’re going to have the Mozart.’

I read it in the Anastasia Tsioulcas article here. It’s about a movie where the good guy likes classical music.

28. December 2011 · Comments Off on Boy, This Person REALLY Needs Help! · Categories: Read Online

Read Online:

Help! I sound like an OBOE!!!
As the title suggests, I’m having a problem with the way I sound on soprano. I play on a selmer series 3 and, on the recommendation of my band teacher, play on a selmer c*. I am fed up with sounding like an oboe with a really nasally tone. Some people have even said it sounds like a duck. Can anyone help me?

Of course the problem isn’t’ that he/she sounds like an oboe when playing soprano sax. The problem is that he/she chose soprano sax in the first place! 😉

28. December 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Being an oboe player drives me crazy in the best and worst ways.