Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor of music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Scarecrow Press), Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician: A Scarecrow Press Music Series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to the Music Secrets series fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need.
In Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player, Jacqueline Leclair tackles the oboe’s reputation as an especially difficult instrument and illustrates how oboists and English horn players can overcome common challenges. Leclair draws on her experience as a performer and instructor, offering practical tips and sometimes revolutionary ideas for rethinking oboe pedagogy.
Leclair also looks at performance strategies in the areas of equipment maintenance and management, physical health, and performance technique. Her secrets focus on such matters as how to optimize practice sessions, build endurance, improve use of the body when playing, work with reeds, and apply extended techniques. Oboe Secrets provides oboists and English horn players a quick and efficient path to significant improvementboth technically and musicallyin their playing. It is the perfect resource for advanced high school oboists, professional performers, music instructors, and avid amateur musicians.
About the Author
Jacqueline Leclair is a professor of oboe at McGill University and regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. The New York Times has hailed her performances as “astonishing” and the New Yorker has called her work “lively” and “wonderful.”
Table of Contents
1 Practice Strategies
Secret 1: Accomplish a Challenging Task in Small, Gradual, and Successful Steps
Secret 2: Practice for Good Intonation
Secret 3: Drones Are Your Friends
Secret 4: What Do You Want?
Secret 5: Intervals!
Secret 6: Rhythm First
Secret 7: If You Are Not Enjoying Yourself, Something Needs to Change
Secret 8: Beginning / Middle / End
Secret 9: Fingers?
Secret 10: Rhythm for Response
Secret 11: It’s Always about the Air
Secret 12: What Do You Mean by “Slow”?
Secret 13: An Entirely Different Kind of Slow
Secret 14: In the End Is the Beginning
Secret 15: Metronome on Second, Third, and Fourth Sixteenth Notes
Secret 16: Know How It Goes
Secret 17: Slurring: The Short Route to Mastery
Secret 18: Contemporary Music with Big Leaps
2 Tone and Rhythm Strategies
Secret 20: Clap and Chat
Secret 21: Reed Alone
Secret 22: Find the Pre-tone
Secret 23: Use the Pre-tone
Secret 24: First Finger, Left Hand Agility
Secret 25: Rhythmic Virtuosity Is a Habit
Secret 26: Patterns
Secret 27: Vibrato Flexibility
3 Reed Strategies
Secret 28: There Is Only One Question
Secret 29: What Is Your Angle?
Secret 30: The Most Neglected Spot
Secret 31: Clip!
Secret 32: Crows, Not Squawks
Secret 33: It Is Not Mood Lighting
Secret 34: Don’t Try It; Play It
Secret 35: 100 Percent Consistent
Secret 36: Quality Control
Secret 37: Make the Back as the Final Step
4 Health and Strength Strategies
Secret 38: Are You Shouldering the Oboe?
Secret 39: Are You Forcing?
Secret 40: Oboe Yoga
Secret 41: To Play High, Go Low
Secret 42: Step Away from the Oboe!
Secret 43: Alexander Technique and Body Mapping
Secret 44: Scheduling Practice for Good Endurance
Secret 45: Think Your Way to Good Endurance
Secret 46: Embouchure Endurance Exercise
Secret 47: Pre-performance Breathing Exercise
5 Simplifying Strategies
Secret 48: Just Say No to Reed Drama
Secret 49: To Gouge or Not to Gouge
Secret 50: Wood Plaques
Secret 51: Leaving Blanks Unclipped
Secret 52: To Fake or Not to Fake?
Secret 53: The Mrs. Jones Test
Secret 54: Airtight?
6 Equipment Strategies
Secret 55: Adjustment Skills You Need to Know and Use
Secret 56: Clean Your Reeds
Secret 57: Clean Your Oboe
Secret 58: Clean Your Bocals
Secret 59: Crack Prevention
7 Sundry Strategies
Secret 60: Your Foot Does Not Know Best
Secret 61: No Reed Making
Secret 62: Is the Pulse a Plus?
Secret 63: Good Manners
Secret 64: Phrase as a Question
Secret 65: High Note Fingerings
Secret 66: Giving the Tuning A
8 English Horn Strategies
Secret 67: A Little Flat = In Tune
Secret 68: Avoiding Injury
Secret 69: Where Does the Embouchure Hold the Reed?
Secret 70: The English Horn Needs More
9 Expanded Techniques
Secret 71: Double Tonguing
Secret 72: Circular Breathing
Secret 73: Flutter Tonguing
Secret 74: Glissando
Secret 75: Whistle Tone
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