11. July 2015 · Comments Off on WASBE · Categories: Concert Announcements

Well who knew … there is a “World Association for Symphony Bands and Ensembles”. I hadn’t a clue. Come to find out they have a conference right here in River City San Jose. I just might want to attend some of these concerts! I’m not a huge band fan, but I do like to hear wind ensembles on occasion, and I’m guessing some of these will be mighty fine!

These folks will be there:

Lone Star Wind Orchestra playing “Cotten’s Country” by Christopher Tucker

11. July 2015 · Comments Off on Jon Vickers 1926-2015 · Categories: Losses

I’ve just read of Jon Vickers passing here. Here are just a few of YouTube videos.

11. July 2015 · Comments Off on Finger Placement · Categories: Teaching

I have a few new students, and they are reminding me about issues I no longer struggle with. I’ve written before about these, but it’s been a while.

No Flyaway Fingers!
“Flyaway fingers” are those pesky digits that look as if they are trying to escape OboeLand™ entirely. They are far enough away that it’s nearly impossible to get them on to their keys in time for a note that requires them.

Piggy Back FingersShy Mr. Pinkie
Some students have a tendency to place the left pinkie under the oboe rather than above, near the G#/A? and B keys.

Finger Re-Placement
A finger needed for the next note is already down for the current note, but some students lift the finger and re-place it. Nope. Don’t go there!

Half Hole Hop
I see this even with students who have played for years. Just don’t do it. The (almost) only time my half hole finger comes up is for high C#/Db.

And here’s a new one for me …
Mr. Lazy
This is a recent issue I’m dealing with: a student’s right index finger is over the key, but while it touches the key it doesn’t get pushed all the way down for F#/G?.

As you might guess, I have young students so I give these problems names like “Mr. Lazy” and “Piggy Back Fingers”. It helps them remember the issues.