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 Top of staff G/G# Issues
Author: WoodyWindGuy 
Date:   2021-09-15 01:14

Hello everyone! New member here, coming to you all for help!

I consistently have issues with the top of the staff G and G# creating a sound like a multiphonic when I play them. No matter how I fidget with air, embouchure, etc, I can’t seem to get those notes out consistently. No issues in other ranges of the horn.

Could this be a mechanic issue? Or is it something you’ve seen in other players or your own playing that you’ve been able to correct?

Thanks for your help.


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 Re: Top of staff G/G# Issues
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2021-09-15 23:00

What make and model oboe have you got?

It sounds like the lower 8ve vent could be causing you grief if it's getting clogged with condensation, fluff or it could be the wrong diameter.

The diameter of the lower 8ve vent is usually around 0.7mm to 0.75mm (the upper vent may be the same diameter or sometimes larger), so you're best taking it to an oboe specialist to have them check it.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Top of staff G/G# Issues
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2021-09-15 23:27

Try playing the G and G# with the side octave key. If that fixes the problem, then your thumb octave vent is causing the problem....it could be dirty or damaged and needs attention by a competent repair tech.

If the G and G# do not improve with the side octave key, then the culprit is you and/or a lack of support. You might be using reeds that are too open, or not employing a firm enough embouchure, or not blowing hard enough. In any case, the problem stems from lack of air speed based on one or more of the above.

Bay Area, California

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 Re: Top of staff G/G# Issues
Author: Chandler94 
Date:   2021-10-07 10:03

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Post Edited (2021-10-08 07:59)

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