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 Re: Oboe Support
Author: oboist2 
Date:   2021-04-08 01:53

I would strongly suggest that you get yourself a good teacher. it is much better that these things be assessed in person, and even then, it still can be difficult. Without the guidance of a teacher who knows what he/she is talking about, it is difficult to make any progress.
I assume you are playing long scrape US style reeds. For a start, do you have a source of good quality reeds. If they are bought from a store, possibly you do not, and that can be a major problem right from the outset. Y&ou also have to know what constitutes a good reed, and whether or not what you are using is right for you.
I encourage my students to always be on guard against unnecessary tension, some relaxation techniques.

Playing the oboe does not require a lot of air, but it does require sound strategies for breathing correctly and being able to quickly expel old or stale air ( and this is what usually makes us want to take even more air). I always teach my students to support the air from as low down as their body as they can and this is from the feet up, and a good posture needs to be acquired. The main muscles of support I get my students to concentrate on are particularly the leg muscles, and the lower abdomen, on oboe pushing upwards from the lower abdominals for speed and basic support, and from the lower sides to narrow the air stream. I am sure the diaphragm is involved but I find if more helpful to focus on those lower abdominals. It is also important when taking a breath not to raise your shoulders. I usually take my first breath according to the length of my first few phrases, and will let some air out before I start to play if I think I have taken in too much.

Best wishes on your oboe journey, but do get the guidance of a good oboe teacher.

Geoff Pearce
Sydney

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