I love playing Jackboots by Vera Gray! It’s such a fun piece for Grade 1 and covers a good range of notes for the beginner oboe player. If you’re thinking about learning to play Jackboots, watch my video below and use my top tips to help you to play it really well!
Here are my top tips:
- Don’t forget to check the key signature – Jackboots has two flats in the key signature at the beginning, so make sure you don’t miss any of those Bbs. The key signature changes in Bar 16 to one sharp, so make sure your Bs become natural!
- Try to really show off your dynamics. The two bar phrase at the beginning is forte (loud) and then it is repeated at mezzo piano (fairly quiet) – make sure your audience can hear the difference in volume.
- Make sure your staccato notes are really short – use your tongue for a really clear sound.
If you want to play Jackboots by Vera Gray, you can find the music in Oboe Music to Enjoy (Boosey and Hawkes). Click the link below to get your hands on a copy!