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 Re: Adult Learner - does this plan make sense?
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2018-10-08 09:08

"At present I have limited free time as I work full time and have a number of other hobbies and commitments."

This says it all. You do not have the desire to make the oboe a high priority, so best not to even consider taking up the oboe. This may seem harsh, but in order to learn the oboe, you must practice hard for 8-10 hours per week, and it seems that you are not willing to do that.

I know what I'm talking about...I'm a professional oboist who took up a new instrument at age 50+ and have spent 8-14 hours per week for the past 8 years to get to an intermediate level of techncal and musical proficiency because I have the DESIRE to do so.

There is so much more to learning the oboe than music theory and fingerings...the oboe is a PHYSICAL instrument that will inflict pain and discomfort on you to build endurance. Imagine running a marathon while lifiting weights...this is what playing the oboe is like, and you do not have enough time left in your life to accomplish that if you do not start now.

"My thought was to maybe take up the recorder to begin with (perhaps alto/treble) as apparently the fingering is somewhat similar and this would allow me to at least learn to read music."

Recorder sounds perfect for you. You can learn how to read simple Renaissance and Baroque music and play an instrument that is easy physically. Playing the recorder compared to oboe is like pulling a weed compared to chopping down a redwood tree.

Dane
Bay Area, California

Post Edited (2018-10-08 09:10)

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