13. January 2011 · 11 comments · Categories: FBQD

Why would anyone want to be an oboe player?


  1. *ponders*

    *opens mouth*

    *closes it*


  2. Heh … now if the person wrote, “If you know about reeds and how difficult they are to make and deal with and you know they never last and they turn on you at any moment … why would anyone want to be an oboe player?” I could understand it! 😉

  3. 😀

    I read somewhere that Europeans don’t have nearly as much trouble with their style of reeds as we North Americans do with ours. Is there any truth in that? Or is it just nonsense?

  4. I really don’t know, Anne. I know Holliger talked about us with a bit of disdain, saying we worried too much about reeds. I have heard some Europeans complain about reeds, though.

  5. Sometime I’d like to try a few good reeds scraped the European way and decide for myself. My oboe teacher much MUCH prefers the American style of playing and would rather I were the same way. Right now it doesn’t matter much — I’ll sound just as bad either way. 😀

    Speaking of sounding bad, time to practice — Barret progressive melodies, yay! (MUCH more interesting than Lightly Row, yep.)

  6. I have a student that plays on European style reeds. I do not understand them at all – it seems impossible that a reed that looks that unscraped could vibrate and in fact play well. BUT – he certainly does complain about them, so that stereotype is busted as far as I am concerned…

  7. It’s funny that I come across this as I’m preparing cane to gouge… 1/4 lb. of Alliaud, here I come! 🙂

  8. Well there we go … they complain too! I thought I’d read complaints online from some I was fairly sure played on those short scrape reeds. Thanks, Jennet, for filling us in! 🙂

    Hope you had fun, Brandon!

  9. I’m european, and we DO complain about reeds :p I don’t know what you mean by european style though – here in the Netherlands I’ve seen and played on two different styles, I used to play on dutch style reeds but now I play on german reeds, which are totally different.
    We don’t complain as much about the actual scraping, I think, but we do have reeds that just don’t do what you want, reeds that are totally different from day to day, and reeds that wear out way too fast…

  10. I haven’t seen all the different reeds from Europe, Eefje. What we are usually referring to is the shorter scrape. We do a long scrape with a “W” sort of look. There are a couple (?) different styles here in the US, too, but all are long scrape.

  11. Interesting indeed. My student learned his reed style in Mexico, and I would say that the scrape looks slightly long compared to some ACTUAL European reeds I’ve seen, but very very short compared to mine.