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 Re: William Tell slur
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2022-09-27 03:22

I play Loree oboes and EH as well and I had the exact same issue with William Tell when I was in high school. The secret I've found is that you must open the halfhole key a fraction earlier than the rest of the fingers move to the high D, both on oboe and EH. If you do this correctly, the high D pops out very easily. Most amateur players and students THINK that they're moving all of the fingers at the same same, but the LH 1st finger is always late to slide down.

I demonstrate this to my students with the following drill, and you can prove it to yourself:

1) Play the high A with normal fingering.

2) While holding the A, slide ONLY the LH first finger to open the halfhole vent while the rest of the fingers are still on the A fingering and side octave key. This will result in an airy, sharp, resistant A.

3) Move the rest of the fingers to complete the high D fingering. The high D note will respond as easily as any other note without having to blow harder.

4) This proves that opening the HH key on time (or slightly early) is the key. If the high D doesn't speak, then you know that you did not open the HH vent on time.

There are a couple of caveats of this advice:

1) If you are playing a soft dead reed, the above probably won't help. You need a newer reed with better structure that won't close up in order to play high register notes above C.

2) If your reed is too open, you might have to tighten your embouchure.

You also might try one of the following alternate solutions:

1) When slurring to the high D, lift the LH 1st finger (like you do for C#). This usually results in the note popping out nicely, but on my EH, the high D is sharp and I lip it down.

2) You can also lift the LH 1st finger when moving to the high D, but immediately put down the half hole for better pitch. It takes some timing to do this. Start slowly and work it up so that your LH 1st finger lift is very low and you can place it back on the HH key almost instantly.

Bay Area, California

Post Edited (2022-09-27 03:24)

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