Summer oboe playing fun July 26, 2017

Dear Oboists,

Welcome back to summer fun oboe blogs. Here I offer some ideas each week to incorporate into your summer oboe playing.

Warm ups:
1) Play low note long tones bordering on uncomfortably pushing your endurance.
2) Play a low note for only 10 seconds, then slur up one octave for 10 seconds, then back down the octave for 10 seconds. 
3) Play a low note for only 10 seconds, then slur up one octave for 10 seconds, then slur up another octave for 10 seconds. REPEAT with another note.
(variation - do the above exercise rapidly repeating each note on one breath)

Intervals:
Play a note, slur up or down a Major or minor 3rd
then slur up or down an octave
slur up or down a Major or minor 3rd
Keep pattern going on one breath as long as you care to do so

Repertoire:
Pick one movement of an old favorite work in the oboe repertoire that you can play well, or have played well in the past. Play it once or twice each evening - or preferred time of day, for a week. Express yourself differently each time you play it. Imaging a different person you know singing it. and play the movement as you would imagine how they'd sing it. Keep honest to the page.

Imagine and improvise:
A flower of your choice. You can choose to portray the appearance of the flower with sound, or you can imagine the life experience of the flower and portray the flower in keeping to the flower's unique reality. In other words, portray the flower objectively or imagine you have become the flower and sing it's being.

Best wishes for enjoyable oboe playing.
Musically yours,
K.J.P.