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Oboe - or the "most difficult instrument in the world"
Yes, actually - in the Guinness Book of Records the oboe was once the most difficult instrument. Next to the horn. But why actually? And what makes the oboe so difficult?
First of all, you have to know what an oboe actually is. The oboe, as you can see above, is a wooden wind instrument. It looks similar to the clarinet, but sounds completely different (be careful, never praise an oboist for his wonderful clarinet playing). This is because the mouthpiece of the oboe, unlike that of the clarinet, is a double tube. That means you have two wooden plates swinging on top of each other, which you tie together and scrape incredibly thinly. So you can imagine that the opening between the two plates is not particularly large.
As with a balloon (the small ones that are so damn difficult to inflate) you need air and especially pressure to make the tube vibrate when playing the oboe.
Once it vibrates, that's half the battle: for many beginners, getting the first note out of the instrument is the biggest hurdle. And then? My teacher always said: "If you blow it in nicely, it comes out nicely!" She has been right to this day, but how to blow nicely into an oboe cannot be found out in one afternoon.
An oboist is always dependent on many factors. First of all, the instrument has to work and then you need a good pipe. Unfortunately, a tube doesn't last forever and you have to change it regularly, but that also means that you always have to switch to a "new instrument". Each tube is different, in fact, I've never owned two identical tubes since I started. That makes it exciting, but sometimes it makes you tear your hair, especially when you can't find the “right” pipe shortly before a concert. Especially for professional oboists, who usually build their reeds themselves and have very high demands on their sound and skills, it is always a challenge to be satisfied with a reed that is not perfect - and it understands by itself: No pipe is perfect!
In addition, there is the fact that the oboe itself is sometimes more reminiscent of a piece of sports equipment than a musical instrument. You need big lungs and stamina - and even a few abs. For many oboists, doing sport regularly is just as much a part of it as practicing on the instrument.
The oboe itself is more of a demanding diva than a relaxed hippie companion. She wants to be looked after and taken care of, she doesn't like weather changes, cold churches and in general she is not at all enthusiastic when you expose her to a sudden change in temperature. When it's really fed up, it just rips - but don't worry, cracks are usually easy to glue on. Sometimes the mechanics also change, so that one can only find resignedly that a screw is loose again on the beloved instrument.
At least now you are rightly asking yourself: If all of this is so complicated, why is anyone learning the oboe at all? One answer, of course, is that the most beautiful orchestral solos were written for the oboe. Anyone who has ever heard a good oboist runs the risk of falling in love with what they hear. With its special, almost spherical sound, the oboe stands for something heavenly, but also for something deeply sad that touches many people.
For many oboists, the fact that you have to change your mouthpiece again and again and thus be able to create a different timbre each time is a reason to play more oboe. Like a singer, every oboist has his own voice, with which you feel connected and which you use to bring what is inside everyone to the outside world.
The oboe is a special instrument for everyone who does not allow themselves to be chased away by challenges - but what is our life without a challenge and we all know: behind every hurdle mastered there is a reward.
If you want to learn oboe, the best thing to do is to find a teacher. There are very few autodidacts because it takes regular control and support, especially at the beginning, to make playing this wooden diva easier for yourself.
You can also learn oboe with me - if you live in and around Munich, you are welcome to contact me and come over for a trial lesson.
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