Pendulum by Vera Gray is another really lovely choice for Grade 1 oboe. When you’re choosing your List B piece, you’ll have to pick between this one and Jackboots. So why not watch both videos to help you choose your favourite?
Here are my top tips to play Pendulum well:
- Try to keep your phrases really smooth. Remember to keep a close eye on the slurs in the music, and only use your tongue to articulate the first note in each group.
- Make a big effort on your dynamics. There are lots of crescendo and diminuendo markings in this piece – push more air through your oboe to play louder. One trick my teacher taught me to help me remember whether I should be playing louder or softer is to look at the hairpin lines of the dynamic markings. Imagine the lines are your mouth – when they are further apart (wider), the sound is louder!
- Be careful in bar 8! That low D may squeak if your lips are too tight around the reed.
If you want to play along with Pendulum, you’ll need a copy of Oboe Music to Enjoy. You can grab a copy by following this link.