Okay now. Confession time: maybe my “episode” of yesterday caused my eyes to think the second stand light I bought was inadequate. I just used it and ‐ voilà! ‐ it seems to be okay. (Or maybe I just wanted to use the word “voilà”?) It’s still not perfect of course. For instance, I played a couple of wrong notes. OBVIOUSLY the stand light’s fault. (Duh.) But I think this thing will suffice and I am hoping it also means that all reeds will be good reeds.

I can dream, can’t I?

… and since the update comes before the original blog you’d better read on to know what the heck I’m going on about here. Yes? Here ’tis:

For the second time I have purchased a stand light that isn’t adequate. The first I purchased, Mighty Bright XtraFlex Duet Super LED Music Stand Light, burned out quickly, and I can’t seem to open it up to replace the batteries. The second, the GigLight Music Stand Light, has an adapter so I don’t have to rely on batteries. But it’s not bright enough for my taste.

Anyone out there have a light they think is the answer? Preferably something that can run with batteries but includes an adapter.

Do tell!

As you ponder this tough question, enjoy a bit of music:

11. January 2010 · Comments Off on Vade Mecum, Page 72? · Categories: Help!

Anyone want to help this person? I looked at page 72 and it’s just one of those grueling etudes … I’m too lazy to look through my etude books at the moment.

72nd piece in Vade Mecum of the Oboist?

Does anybody know what the name of the piece on the 72nd page of the Vade Mecum of the Oboist (9th edition) is? Or at least the composer?

I read it here.

There is nothing like not knowing if a note is going to come out. There is nothing like having the note come out for a while and then stop. There is nothing like I am dealing with right now. Unless you’ve had oboe woes.

My colleague (thanks, Pam!) worked on the oboe while I played my other one during part of the opera. She played it during an intermission and said she could really understand why I was going crazy. It works. Then it doesn’t work. And the screws seem “wobbly” … not fitting quite like they should. It makes early retirement seem like the only option. Sigh.

Well, it all worked at home when I adjusted it. The only thing we can figure is that the darn cold air in the pit causes things to go awry. And I am very unhappy and now entirely freaked.

But I have a day and a half to work more on it. No time to drive to Napa, of course, but I’ll call tomorrow and see if I can do an emergency run some time next week. We’ll see.

Playing the other oboe wasn’t pleasant; the reeds that work so well on the misbehaving oboe don’t work the same in the other. (This isn’t all that uncommon. Yes, we really do have to fit our reeds to our oboes!)

Part of me wonders if my oboe is just fried and if it’s time to bite the bullet and look for a new one. Sigh and double sigh. (I really should always double sigh, shouldn’t I? Fitting of an oboe player?)

In any case, I two people came up to me to compliment my playing, one saying, “This music is meant for you!” So I guess what I did was okay out in the hall. Just scary as can be. And I don’t like scary.

19. September 2007 · Comments Off on Janacek Score, Anyone? · Categories: Help!

Any readers out there have a Janacek Sinfonietta score? I have two things I need to check:

1) Movement II: Articulation in 10th bar of Rehearsal 1. (Counting the first 4 measure repeat as only 4 measures.)
2) Movement V: In the 8th bar of Rehearsal 5 are the last three notes really a B double flat, C flat, B double flat? The next measure begins with an A and it just feels as if the B double flat might be incorrect.


A big THANK YOU to Daniel for answering my questions. And yes, I meant the 7th bar of Rehearsal 5. Oops!