21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

What brand is my oboe?
So, i’m trying to figure out what brand my oboe is because I might be looking to sell it. All that’s “written” on it is the number 101227 on all three parts of the body, but the bell doesn’t have a brand name on it… so I was hoping someone could help me out…

Also… I have a Selmer oboe Mod. 123 F and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how much it’s work? Roughly… it’s in pretty great condition, I think all of the notes play (or they did) and doesn’t have a lot of visible scratches or anything…

I have a sneaking suspicion it’s not an oboe anyone would want to buy if it doesn’t have a brand name on it. Hmm. Then there’s the Selmer. (No thanks.) I LOVE, “I think all of the notes play”. Too cute! ;-)

21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Ending up in a location that doesn’t have wireless, I am unable to post much. I’m currently sitting at Starbucks. Yes. Really. It’s the only way I can manage to post if I don’t want to use our cell service.

Today was the first rehearsal (of three) for “Concert #2″ in Mendocino. I have one solo in the Rachmaninoff that is, truly, a solo: no one else plays and the conductor just lets me do my thing. Nice! We have only two more rehearsals and then a performance. The Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 is a LOT of notes and a challenge to put together in such a short time. The other two works (a new work called Night Flower, by Julian Waterfall Pollack, and the Sibelius Violin Concert) shouldn’t be difficult (and I don’t play the latter).

It’s great fun to be in this amazing location. I’ve met some new people and have already struggled to remember names. I need to work on the name skill … I’m just awful at that. Truly the WORST with names.

I was hoping to go out and shoot a lovely sunset, but we are rather socked in so no sun is to be seen. Oh well … maybe I’ll get a sunset one of these evenings. I can hope. I did manage to get to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. It’s a spectacular place and I’ll go back at least once and I hope even more.

Meanwhile, I’m lost without wireless, yet I think it’s probably good that I’m not in a home with it because I’m sure I’d just hide away in the room and browse the web. (Instead I’m hiding away at Starbucks … hmm ….)

21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

I like the piano concerto. Really. But if I’m going to use classical music to try to thwart the NSA I think I’d choose something different. Hmm. Suggestions? ;-)

MPs who sit on the spying committee had become so concerned that US agents might listen in to their discussions that they had ordered classical music to be played, to drown out the discussions.
On arrival at the meeting, The Suddetusche Zeitung reported that for “security reasons” MPs had to put their mobile phones and computers into a large metal box to ensure that they were not subjected to outside surveillance.
“Then the committee chairman, Patrick Sensburg switched the music on,” a source told the paper. “Edvard Grieg’s piano concert in A minor. Just for security.”

RTWT

21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

If you start the oboe in eight grade and want to get good by high-school, how long should you practice?

I read this online. The answer suggested starting at 15 minutes, moving to 30 and eventually 45. But of course it’s not that simple. Still, kudos to the young oboist who wants to “get good”! :-)

Side Note: I’m out of town for the week, and most of my posts are probably going to be things I set up in advance. I’m not sure how much time or internet access I’ll have!

21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I’ve never met an oboe player that only played oboe