Date: 2019-04-26 18:31
Good afternoon, everyone,
I am a professional oboist, I have been playing oboe for 16 years.
I am French, so I'm sorry if the specific terms are not always well translated!
I am writing to you because I need help.
I've always had big muscle problems, and I'm dealing with them. I must say, I thought it was more or less normal.
I have always been able to play only one hour of oboe per day. Except for the orchestra, I can do 5 hours, since we don't play so intensely. Although it depends on the works.
For 13 years, I played extremely difficult reeds, very very very hard, without realizing it, I couldn't play 5 minutes with it today!
But it's been 3 years since I changed everything, oboe and material, I now play normal reeds, but unfortunately, I didn't gain in muscle resistance.....
After 20 minutes, I already feel tired, I can't keep my lips in!
I'm scared about my future, and very sad.
I have many friends who work 4.5 hours a day, when I can't go beyond 1 hour in pain.
How can I work my orchestra competitions properly with such low resistance?!
I don't know what to do anymore...... I know that I have a half of a less muscular face, when I speak, my mouth twists, and when I play, it is this half of a mouth that comes out...
I don't know if it was the oboe that only muscled half my face, or if it was the case before... Indeed, I have always played crookedly, and it's only been a few months since I re-educated my mouth to play straight, which is an additional difficulty.
Are any of you like me? Can anyone help me?
I can't believe it's inevitability.... :-(
I love this instrument more than anything, this profession more than anything. But if I remain so weak...... I'm afraid........
Thank you very much in advance for your help and advice.....