20. May 2009 · Comments Off on Reeds … You Just Never Know · Categories: Ramble

My call for the rehearsal tonight was 7:30. I just assumed that the rehearsal began at 7:30, so I thought if I got into the church at 7:00 I could check out the nine reeds I had going to see which would be best in what I knew would be an boomy and probably echoey hall. Since I always allow even more time than necessary I got there at about 6:50. The conductor was surprised I was there that early. (Guess she’s not used to oboists!) I was surprised that they were rehearsing a piece before me, and the rehearsal was starting at 7:00. I was ever so thankful I was there ten minutes earlier than planned.

I had dipped the reeds in water before leaving home, and then placed them in my case in order, from easiest to hardest.

Typical: what I thought was the winning reed was at one end of the reed case and the actual winning reed was at the other end.

This “hall” (church) simply requires a reed with very little resistance. So there you go. Easy reed it is.

The rehearsal went fine … I think! With my left ear still not working there’s a bit of a question mark, but I do think it’s okay. Thing is, I asked a friend (the concertmaster) to let me know if things weren’t right, but of course we are friends and I’m guessing she is too darn kind to be brutal if necessary. Ah well. I will try to trust my instincts and say I think it’s okay.

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