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 How does it feel like when you support?
Author: drizzledtoes 
Date:   2021-07-03 15:58

Hello everyone! I have a few questions that I would like to ask, if you would be so kind to share with me.

Long ago, I played the oboe without "supporting" , where I never pushed with my abdominal muscles while playing notes. This felt really comfortable to me, but I was told by my teacher a few months back that I had to support while playing the oboe, so I learnt how to support (pushing with my abdominal muscles out, so it is always hard when i blow air). However up till now, me trying to support my notes always felt very uncomfortable.

Whenever I try to push harder on my abdominal muscles for my higher notes, I feel worse and more tense, and sometimes I am also not able to raise my pitch either. I push so hard to the point where if I had a full bladder or a upset stomacheach, I might accidentally push the contents of the bladder or stomach out. Despite me trying to really push really hard, my teacher still says that I need to push harder and I am not supporting. This led me to think, if I am truly supporting correctly? Or if i am just not strong enough (i am petite in size and very thin)

I would like to ask everyone, how does it feel when they support whilst playing the oboe. Especially when i have to play long passages, i get more tense at the shoulder trying to push further to maintain intonation and sound and my throat probably closes up a little too and i get constricted

For about 3 to 4 months now, i am unable to play the oboe as comfortably as i could previously by supporting, and i am also unable to revisit the sensation i had previously when i played the oboe without supporting, as i cant seem to recall how to do it, so i do not know how to play the oboe comfortably even at the middle octaves.

If it helps, i consistently have to push in the middle octaves, and when i go to higher octaves, i have to push the hardest i can where i can no longer push further if not i would be flat (eg high Bb, high B), but over a prolonged period, i am unable to consistently do that as it is very tiring and i tend to get flatter and flatter even at the middle octaves over time. As such, i am thinking that perhaps, i am just bad at the oboe and untalented and i cannot play it naturally.

Also, do you oboists support well and push also on easy to play notes? ( eg low F, low F#, middle Bb etc)

Post Edited (2021-07-03 16:03)

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