Easy Tiger features in List B of the Grade 2 oboe syllabus. You’ll need to pick between this one and Dragonfly.
I’ve heard it played faster, but I prefer to keep the tempo down on this piece. Try to make your performance sound jazzy by making a real effort to ‘swing’ your quavers – that means making the first one of the pair a bit longer than the second one. (Normally they would be the same length). As I always say, work hard at the dynamics and don’t be afraid to put lots of air through your oboe at the end of the piece to give a great lasting impression!
One of the things I really love about the internet is that I posted my video of Easy Tiger on my Twitter profile, and Pam Wedgwood actually saw it and enjoyed it! How about this for a personal career highlight?!
(For those of you who don’t know, when I’m not busy making music videos, I am a charity fundraiser)
Anyway, here’s the video. Pam Wedgwood likes it, and I hope you do too!
Easy Tiger is one of many fantastic pieces in Really Easy Jazzin’ About for Oboe. Quite a few of the pieces have featured in the ABRSM syllabus over the years, so it’s a good investment if you don’t already have a copy.