12. October 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Reeds

(I really think these should be called “Yahoo Questions”, but I guess they didn’t bother to ask me!)

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I have been playing oboe for around a year in a half (after playing clarinet and flute) and have been looking around for possible oboe reeds that will last and sound fairly good. I also came across Emerald Plastic reeds too. What works best? Any other brand ideas? Also I use around a medium, sometimes medium soft.

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Oh babe, DO NOT play on a plastic reed. It may last forever, but they sound like party favors. It’s like the difference between playing on an oboe that’s wood and one that’s plastic.

Look for Jones or Fox brand if you want to go the store bought route. Otherwise, have someone make them for you. Hand made lasts longer than store bought

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I’m always amazed that people still think about buying plastic oboe reeds. I know a very fine bassoonist that began with plastic bassoon reeds. Are those reeds better, or am I just wrong to think one should never purchase a plastic oboe reed? But then I wouldn’t recommend a Jones of Fox oboe reed either. Maybe I’m just too picky!

12. October 2011 · Comments Off on IDRS 2012 · Categories: Announcements

JULY 7-11, 2012

The website for IDRS 2012 is up and running … and counting down the days until it begins. (currently 268 days, 11 hours ….) They are pretty hip these days: they are on Twitter and a Facebook page.

12. October 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I have to play oboe at 8am tomorrow. Thats my destiny lol

12. October 2011 · Comments Off on Do Not Attempt With An Oboe · Categories: Havin' Fun

I think this can also be called a melodica.

Richard Galliano playing Bach on Accordina

12. October 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

So as it turns out, I’ve been playing the oboe wrong for over a year. Oops.