Time to take a breath....
Updated: Nov 24, 2021
I am lucky to get to hear many different oboists of many varying abilities each week and the one thing that I am noticing more and more regularly. There are lots of players that DO NOT take breaths before playing.
Simply, its a wind instrument, so why wouldn't you? Basically, I think there is so much to think about on the oboe that people just forget.
It is really important to take a breath before playing and I am sure you all know that! The breath will give you power, control, better tone, dynamic ability and set you up in a more positive way at the start of everything that you play.
Try to get into a routine before playing. This is my routine...
Think about the piece I am about to play, get an idea of tempo. character, check key signature etc.
Bring oboe up as if to play and rest oboe reed on my bottom lip.
Think again about what I am about to play, key signature, scan first bar then prepare for first note.
Open mouth with reed still resting on bottom lip and then breathe in time with the music.
Then play and enjoy.
Its as simple as that really but it is something you need to think about and do regularly so it becomes a habit. If you can build this routine into your playing you will find your first notes are much more secure with better tone and you will start to play with greater confidence.
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