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 Re: B flat to B trill, "S" key?
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2019-02-11 01:15

The old-school way that I learned on my Loree oboe in the 1970's was to slide your L1 finger down while fingering Bb so that the "spatula" key attached to the C vent is covered, and trill L2. That way, the C vent stays closed and the trill note is a somewhat sharp B natural. Maybe that's what is meant by the "S key" you mentioned...the same as what I learned as the "spatula" key.

The other way I currently do that trill is to hold down the left G#key while fingering Bb, then trill L2. My oboe has an armature that holds down the L2 plateau key, which makes a very nice and in-tune B natural. If your oboe does not have such an armature, then the trilled note is unacceptably sharp.

When playing that trill in music, sometimes after the trill will be written two grace notes (often referred to as "nachschläge")and then the trill resolves to a B natural. If the first of the nachschläge is A natural, then method one above (old school) seems to be most convenient to use. If the first of the nachschläge is G#, then the 2nd method using the G# key seems to work best.

nachschläge definition here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nachschlag

Bay Area, California

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