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 Re: Oboe Support
Author: tgenns 
Date:   2021-04-16 21:21

A couple of thoughts concerning your high note issues. As previously stated, find a good oboe teacher if at all possible. They will be able to pinpoint your problem and have a solution for you in the first lesson. If this isn’t possible, then here are a couple of my suggestions.
1) Your problem is most likely due to your reed. Check out online professional reed makers and buy a couple of student reeds from a couple of them. Try them out and see if that helps.
2) As for breathing, keep it simple. Breathe in from your stomach muscles without raising your shoulders. Most times you will not need a large breath, since oboe does not require as much air as other instruments – take medium sized or small breaths as needed. Taking in too much air all the time will make your breathing more work and labored than need be. Support the air column from your stomach muscles as much as needed for your optimal tone and pitch with your reed and oboe – this you will need to figure out for yourself, since for each person it is different. Many / most times you will need to do a quick exhale before inhaling to avoid too much air buildup in your lungs – this is standard oboe breathing technique. For difficult breathing passages, map out ahead of time where and how much you are going to exhale / inhale.
3) As for unnecessary tension in your body / mind, check out relaxation / meditation techniques that may help. There is a lot of information about this on the web. I meditate occasionally and find that it helps me become aware of unnecessary tension when it is happening and then relaxing as necessary. Although I have not tried it, the Alexander Technique is very popular with performing musicians for learning to relax and perform more freely without unnecessary tension.

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