Dynamic, Chromatic, Rhythmic, long tone Scale studies

Dear Guests,

Today's blog is a GEM! Multi vitamin packed with skills useful to teachers, students of oboe and anyone who uses time, dynamics and chromatics. This blog study helps improve concentration, fine control of beginning and ending of notes, extending playing range, dynamic range, and endurance.

To keep it simple - get the concept first - then alter to create variations to custom fit your needs of the day.

For example:

Play D ff for 1 second
Rest for 1 second
Play D pp for 1 second
Rest for 1 second while imagining the sound of next note before you play it

now repeat pattern - descend or ascend chromatically as far as you can or wish

Variations/suggestions: (use metronome put on quarter note = 60)

  1.  Before moving up or down to neighbor chromatic - gradually build up length of time you play the note. So, play and rest for one second...then for 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. or in blocks of time such as 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 seconds. When playing very long long tones, I suggest that you just rest for 10 seconds (or # of seconds of your choice) in between notes - not always resting of equal duration - but make sure there is a good rest to ensure the embouchure and ears get "relaxed and reset" for maximum benefit.
  2. Create rhythmic variations: for example play the same note with repeated 16ths notes staccato for x # of seconds ff, then after rest, pp in identical rhythmic pattern. 

This is a great way to extend a student's or one's own playing and performance pitch range.

The Oboe Brilliance philosophy of pedagogy is that in order to master the instrument, it is necessary to be able to play every pitch possible on the instrument with as much control of articulation, color, expression and dynamics possible!  This one exercise significantly helps achieve this dream. 

Enjoy the challenge and beauty of this work - go ahead and liberate the Olympic spirit within!
Oh and ...hope you have a great read ; )
Wishing you great courage and patience.

Musically yours,
Kathryn