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 Re: How does it feel like when you support?
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2021-08-26 05:56

I am also small and weigh 95 pounds. (44 kilos, more or less.) ... and I am 72. I came to oboe from brass, but I didn't start brass until I was 45. At some point I learned to "play with air" and you move a LOT more air in a brass instrument than you do through an oboe.
I would say I have to "blow harder" to play the oboe. That sure is putting it in non-technical terms, but if you have ever had to blow up one of those teeny-tiny balloons, that is what is required to get the balloon started. I've had a few teachers and no one has ever said I don't support, so I'm going to stick with my "blow harder" and stay away from trying to get a technical explanation out there. yes, my gut is tight and those muscles are very strong, but that is from brass playing. I remember a horn teacher once had me feel his abdomen and it was like feeling a blown up basketball.
When I first started oboe, even though I was already a wind player, I got dizzy with the air pressure required to make it sound good; but I always had pro reeds and never played on a floppy student reed. Maybe you need harder reeds to force you to blow hard enough to be supporting right.
Best of luck.

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