05. November 2006 · Comments Off on A New Blog (for me, anyway) · Categories: imported, Ramble

Discovered via On An Overgrown Path, I’ve landed upon a blog by Nicholas Daniel. Very cool!

And read this, from the most recent entry:

I think the top Bb may be in! Am going to surprise John with at the rehearsal and see what he says. Terrible risk! I love risk!

Yikes! A high Bb? Incredible! I have difficult with high G, to be quite honest. I don’t really care for high notes. I suppose it’s because I spent so many years on English horn and, in the summer, Mozart second oboe parts. So I became comfortable with low notes, and I’m even comfortable with high notes on English horn (remembering a Penderecki work I played some time ago—with the composer conducting!). But oboe high notes!? Not my cuppa. But if they have to be played, they have to be played.

Of course, what with my students studying the Saint Saens for honor band auditions (I get SO annoyed that they use that work for high school students), I have to make sure I can play the high notes … along with that tough section in the last movement. So I have the work sitting out and I occasionally run through it.

And he writes this:

Good practice done but I had to spend most of it playing scales as my fingers had forgotten what it meant to move very fast!

Hah! Scales! I had a student who thought scales entirely unnecessary. So much so that she quit studying with me. I’m happy to read this remark of Daniel’s. But even without it, I certainly wish my student had just accepted my requirements. Each instructor will have his or her requirements. A student has to deal wtih it. Quitting is not the answer.

But I ramble … just go check out Daniel’s blog. (HE is one who, I’m sure, doesn’t struggle with the things I do; he’s one fine player!)

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