13. May 2009 · 12 comments · Categories: Ramble

My students know what I’m talkin’ about. I’m hoping a number of other readers do as well (if their teachers are as annoying as I!). But since I just ran across a YouTube video demonstrating the habit once more, I thought I’d write a little ditty about it. The video was of a student playing an etude for an orchestra audition. He played the very first note, paused, and then started the excerpt. WRONG!

Do. Not. Note Test.

One scary thing about oboe is that first note. (Yeah, we have other scary things too, but I’m just dealing with this for now.) We fear it won’t come out, or will sound bad. So what to do? Well, a number of students test that note first, and then go on with the scale or the piece. How bad an idea is that?

Pretty bad.

Your are training yourself to always want to do that.

You don’t often get to note test in the real world, when you are sitting on stage knowing your solo is about to come up. You might start wondering, “Will my first note sound?” or praying, “Dear God, please let my first note come out!” So at home, practice the solo (or etude or scale) over and over, NOT allowing note testing even if you flub that first note. Eventually you’ll learn exactly how it feels to nail it every time. It will help you to trust it. Play along with a recording sometimes, so that you aren’t on your time, but on someone else’s. Do something right before that might throw you off a little … like drop your music and quickly put it back up, just to see what something startling might do to your attack. And then, when you are on stage, tell yourself, “Of course the note will come out. I’ve done this over and over and I know how to make it work.” (Don’t tell yourself you’ll blow it; our oboes and reeds seem to be somewhat psychic and tend to fulfill our worst fears.)

Okay. That’s all. Over and out.

Both oboe and English horn cane is soaking, and it’s nearly time to shape the stuff, and wind some reeds! (Making reeds with one bad ear might be interesting. Talk about needing to trust myself, and rely on the past to make sure I don’t freak … sigh.)

13. May 2009 · Comments Off on UCSC Concerts May 13-17 · Categories: Concert Announcements, UCSC

Friday @ 4

Leah Bowden and Camille Chitwood
Percussion Recital

Friday, May 15, 2009 – 4:00 p.m.
131 Music Center

Admission: Free

Concert Choir

Friday, May 15, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.
Music Center Recital Hall

*Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $6 student

Indonesian Gamelan Ensembles
West Javanese Gamelan and Balinese Gamelan orchestras

Saturday, May 16, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.
Music Center Recital Hall

Traditional music and dance from West Java, and the world premiere of a new gamelan composition by Nano S. The program features traditional music and dance from South Bali, played on the village-style gamelan angklung, and classical works for the court-style Semar Pegulingan.

*Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $6 student


Synthesesia: adventures in sound and light by Peter Elsea and students of the Electronic Music and the Digital Arts and New Media programs.

Sunday, May 17, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.

Music Center Recital Hall

Admission: Free

1.) Event Parking:
$2 permit from vending machines or attendants evenings and weekends (valid A-permit is OK)

Please arrive with adequate time to park your car, purchase a permit, pick up your tickets, and be seated before the program starts.
You may need to park at Porter College or another location if the “Performing Arts” parking lot is full when you arrive.

*2.) Purchasing Discount Tickets:
in advance:
UCSC Ticket Office
Theater Arts Center
12-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday
at the door:
Tickets go on sale at the Recital Hall beginning 1 hour before concert.
Doors open to the public 30 minutes before the concert is advertised to begin.

3.) Discount Ticket Eligibility
The Music Department provides the Ticket Office with an updated list of eligible names each month. If your name is not on that list, please contact the Music Department.
They will add it to the update for the following month.
Music MAJORS / MINORS: 1 ticket at $2
May be purchased in advance during regular Ticket Office hours OR within the first 30 minutes of business at the Recital Hall window (i.e. between 6:30 and 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm concert).

Any purchases after this period will be charged at the regular advertised student price. No exceptions.
Music GRADUATE Students: 1 ticket at $2
May be purchased at any time (in advance OR at the performance).
Music STAFF & FACULTY: 2 tickets at $2 each
May be purchased at any time (in advance OR at the performance).
Non-Music Department discounts:
UCSC STAFF/FACULTY & ALUMNI: 2 tickets @ the student price
Must show valid UCSC staff ID or Alumni Assoc. membership card

13. May 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Going to play Ariel (my oboe), bad reed day. stupid weather.

13. May 2009 · 3 comments · Categories: Quotes

There are only eight notes in an octave …

-Will Champion (of Coldplay)

(Read here)