22. July 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: Videos

I make my students play scales. I’ve blogged about that before. Now there’s this piece below that uses a scale. Over. And over. And over. Proof! (Scale is only at the beginning, so if you are waiting for more later, give it up.)

And to think that I didn’t think oboe worked well in pop music.


  1. The oboe wasn’t the only thing that didn’t work well here. 😉 (He never DID get that fourth note of the scale smoothly.)

    But at least it’s good that the kids were “making music” together instead of getting into other trouble.

    I can hear my mother in my head right now, complaining that she couldn’t understand the words. “E-nun-ci-A-TION”! she would scream.

  2. Heh. Yeah, scales have to be worked on, eh? But I love seeing these kids making music! It made me smile.

    I had to look up the lyrics to figure out what they were saying. But enunciation is so … lame …. 😉

  3. This is totally fun, I think – but I’m puzzled – first, he does seem to lift his fingers more than necessary (speaking as one who is working on that), but isn’t he also taking his left index finger off quite a bit? I mean, there’s only that one note that should be fingered that way (conservatory system, anyhow). Or is that a US-only thing?

  4. Yep, fingers are far too high, but then I’ve seen some fine professionals do that and they make it work. Go figure.

    There is a thumbplate system and I know it’s used in the UK. That seems to mean the index finger does come up for D. Maybe there’s no half hole at all?

    Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz8kL0vVEp0 and go in about 2:10 or so and watch her finger. C# an D, for which we’d use half hold … finger is up.