Monday Oboe Brilliance blogs are all about the art of playing and teaching the oboe, specifically but not exclusively. Today's blog is especially helpful to ALL musicians - students and teachers.
Today's blog gives students great tools to imagine and play Major thirds. I've discovered that the ability to specifically hear Major and minor thirds, makes all the difference in a persons ability to hear (appreciate and enjoy) the quality of chords, clusters, scale/mode qualities and more. Thirds are all too easy to play out of tune or invert in one's head into a 6th while listening. I believe - this interval needs extra TLC - tender love and care!
This exercise builds on techniques provided in previous blogs - please review if necessary.
(Suggestion: sing, and play mf and create with an expression of solidity and confidence as if creating a pillar of emotional hope and stability.)
Step 1 : (suggested) practice the 5 step focus (while reed soaks - or just to prepare oneself)
Step 2 : Hum the notes of the DO Major scale (fixed DO if you're an oboist - is suggested)
Step 3 : (Standing) Sing with solfége syllables and using hand signals, the DO major scale.
Step 4 : Now, sing DO (C) , RE (D) , MI (E) /breathe / sing DO (C) , MI (E), and sing Major (C), Third (E) with the same notes as DO and MI
Step 5 : imagine the notes DO and Mi in your head, Hum them, then Play DO, MI on the oboe keeping in mind that it is a Major Third M3
Step 6: Sing the DO Major Scale again with solfége syllables.
Step 7 : Sing FA (F), LA (A) - then while singing F sing Major, then while singing A sing Third
Step 8: Play Fa then LA on the oboe keeping in mind you are playing a Major Third
Step 9: Sing the DO Major Scale again with solfége syllables.
Step 10 : First imagine, then sing SOL(G) , TI (B) - use hand signals
Step 11 : First imagine, then play SOL (G), then TI (B) on the oboe - keeping in mind it is a Major Third
Please note: This redundancy of repeating the DO major scale is very important because it creates a solid context and reference for the beginning student in which to hear the Major Third, in relationship to other intervals. It is too easy to confuse the ears of a student by simply plunking out consecutive M3s out of context - because they are influenced by the quality of the intervals created between the last note of the major third and the first note of the next one. The above practice is recommended for clearest, least confusing and efficient learning for students.
Subsequent more advanced studies, can be within other scales and clusters - then stacked, then random.
ENJOY and Happy teaching/oboe playing!!!
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