07. May 2014 · Comments Off on Hmmm · Categories: Asked Online

Asked online:

What oboe reeds break the least?

… and the answer:

Those that have been soaked in water for about two hours before playing, the soaking can be adjusted depending on wether the water is hard or soft but stand corrected on this.

16. April 2014 · Comments Off on Yes, I Laughed Out Loud · Categories: Asked Online

Asked online:

What is the difference between an oboe and a clarinet note wise?

Okay, maybe it’s just me. I just thought this was funny.

Dan used to laugh when our weather person said “weather wise” all the time. So now it’s my turn to laugh. And, believe me, I can use some laughter now and then.


Where can i find a good quality oboe for a cheap price, but has great quality?
I have played oboe for a couple of years, and my parents don’t know where to get me a good quality oboe. P.S. i live in Chicago, so anywhere within a half an hour from here

Why are double reed instruments so unpopular in your opinion? Here is a list of the double reed instruments I mean;

•Cor Anglais
•Oboe D’Amore

And the answers are:

I think that double reed instruments have a sound that is very deep, and not very pleasant. Also, double reed instruments are harder to master. Most people would typically prefer an easier, nicer-sounding instrument that sounds good on its own.


As the previous post mentioned, double reeds–oboes, bassoons, and English horns–are difficult to play and have an unusually “reedy,” almost squeaky tone. Additionally, double reeds are not used in much popular music today aside from orchestral works–they have a sound more suggestive of centuries-old music–so most young musicians shy away from them. It takes someone with an unusually independent nature to tackle these horns when the more popular single reed instruments (clarinets and, particularly, saxophones) are more accessible and easier to play. I play clarinets and saxophones (and recorders), and I took oboe lessons for a summer. It was a much harder switch than between other single reeds, and I was never happy with the sound it (I) produced. However, I have always wanted to learn the Cor Anglais (English horn) since I love the lower range it produces in comparison to the higher pitched oboe.


One possible reason for their perceived unpopularity is because the are rarely the stars of a performance or performed in solos, rather they are backup or supporting style instruments. American culture today emphasizes the power of the star and the individual. Instruments like the saxaphone sound “cool” when played by themselves and have a certain celebrity following, the trumpet is often a featured soloist, and percussionists could go on to star in a rock band. The simple fact is that in American culture, not just music, people don’t want to play a supporting role.

My husband was a football coach, and he was always frustrated that half the team wanted to be the quarterback or the running back, but never on the offensive line. The kids wanted the “star” positions, even if their skill set wasn’t suited for the position.

Now you know.

You’re welcome.

26. July 2012 · Comments Off on Oh Dear … · Categories: Asked Online

Size/Brand for an Oboe Reed ? And where to buy an Oboe ?
Hey , I’m lookin for a size and cheap , good brand for an Oboe reed . I am a beginner and I have never played the oboe before .

Also .. Where to rent an Oboe (cheap ? Preferably less than $30-$40) ?

Thanks for Your help! (:(:(:(:

Yes, oboe reeds come in so many sizes! 😉

23. July 2012 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

When a true orchestra makes a section of Oboes with Solo English Horn, does he usually play in exact unison with them or does he play one octave below? It seems he’s a great fit for setting up a divisi in the section but in general practice does he just blend in with the section playing the same pitch or does he play his own an octave lower?

Yes, indeed. An English horn would never play a different note that the the oboes … um … right? And of course the oboes play in unison all the time.

The person who asked this question is a “maestro to be”. (I’m really hoping he/she is very very (very!) young.)

29. May 2012 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

Who is the top oboist in America?

Adolf Rzepko (1825-892) is ranked as No. 1 oboist per Ranker. He was a Polish composer, oboist, choral orchestral conductor & pianist. He was a disciple of Vaclav Tomaek. He was mainly active as a performer & a choral conductor and a pedagogue.

Um … huh?

30. April 2012 · Comments Off on Made Me Smile · Categories: Asked Online

What instrument should i play on? Oboe, Harmonica or violin?
I’ve practiced normal flute for 3 years, and then I practiced piano for 4 years.
Now on the forth year, I have new teacher and he’s so mean and he’s driving me crazy.
So I’m going to stop playing the piano, until we move back in the country we come from.
But I don’t want to forget the notes, and I think it would be great to know other instrument too.
I think we will move back after 3 years or more. I love all of these instruments, and I also really like french horn but my dad doesn’t really like it. I don’t now wich insturment I should play…
Of these. Help?

P.S i know I already asked but it went to other categorie. And I’m already 13 years old… Is this to late?

C’mon, mean teacher. Be nice.

(Then again, it could just be that the teacher has expectations, eh?)

25. February 2012 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

I was wondering if anyone knew how to make a double reed for either the bari or tenor. Has anyone ever tried this? Is it possible within reason?

There are a number of answers, so do click on this link if you want to read them all. But this one was probably the best (although the answer that included socks made me laugh):

Most people consider dealing with one reed at a time torture enough, yet here you want to suffer with two. Have you considered seeing a therapist to help you deal with this masochistic desire?

Should I give up on becoming a professional oboist?
I would love to become a professional oboe player. I know how challenging this can be and how competitive it is. I have just started college as a double major in Music Education and Music Performance, and I am wondering if Performance is even worth my time. I am a decent player, but I don’t know if I will ever reach the point where I could play professionally. I started playing oboe later than most other people too (I started my freshman year of high school and played clarinet and piano before that). I beat two sophomores this year, but they are not Performance majors. I am willing to work hard and do what I have to, but will that ever be enough? Is it worth the risk?

My answer might very well be, “If you are asking this question the answer is “Yes, give up!”.” But maybe I’m being harsh.