29. January 2014 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

A rock band that can include an Oboe player is cool. Roxy Music – Out of the Blue (Live 1976): http://youtu.be/oVkOVWBaRwA via @youtube


  1. Fun to hear and watch. He sure liked his forked F!!

  2. If he’s playing on a student model oboe he might not have had a choice much of the time. If he learned like I did he didn’t even learn any other F at first. Yep … sad, but true, I learned forked F (WITH the E-flat key) as my first F. Stupid old books I had (I began on my own). That was one bad habit that was difficult to get over!

  3. I had a Bundy plastic oboe to start when I was 10 that had no Left/alt F or low B Flat. I graduated to an older series Loree in high school (which I sold- in college–many years ago because I was poor and so stupid!). Anyway, because I started on an oboe without a left/alternate F key at 10 years old, I sort of still have the forked f tendency ingrained in me. I just took up the oboe again 18 months ago after a very, very long hiatus (basically only playing one summer since high school and taking lessons that summer). I’m working through Ferling etudes with my oboe teacher now, and I still have some trouble naturally going to the left F or playing fast passages fluidly with it. Like Ferling #10. It’s getting better though. The low forked F sounds particularly bad on my oboe too–so I really need to always use the Left F if possible. My teacher stresses that it is important not to use the forked F unless it is a fast passage. I guess I’m just sensitive to seeing the forked F being used because of this.

  4. I really push students to use left F as well, due to MY learning the wrong fingering! It’s such a difficult habit to break. Good for you for working on this! I wish you all the best in your oboe adventures! 🙂