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 Re: Need help! Weak muscles...
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2019-04-27 01:04

If you want to be able to play for a longer period of time, you must do the following:

1) Improve your muscle strength and endurance. Just like with athletics, you must practice until you fatigue your muscles completely, and then force yourself to play for one minute more without biting. "Completely" means almost total collapse of your facial muscle strength. Over time, you will improve your strength, which will help your short- and long-term endurance.

2) Change your reed style. You may have gone from playing very very very (3) hard reeds to only very (1) hard reeds, but your reeds are likely still too hard. I assume that you make your own reeds, so you need to investigate different cane types and scraping styles. I'm guessing that the less-resistant reeds you have played on in the past did not have the tone you seek, so you have made them stiff to get a darker tone. You must learn to scrape reeds so that they have less resistance but still a darker tone. If you do not make your own reeds, then that is the central problem.

You also might investigate whether your oboe is a make that has more blowing resistance. An instrument with a different bore might make it easier to play with the tone and feel you seek. There are oboe brands with darker tones that may be what you need.

Bay Area, California

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