10 things every oboe player can relate to

Being an oboe player is pretty awesome most of the time. But it’s safe to say that we all seem to struggle with exactly the same problems. If you’re an oboist, you’ll understand.

1 – The power of tuning up the orchestra.
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2 – The stress of finding the perfect reed… or even one that’s half decent will do.
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3 – That feeling immediately after deciding to “just quickly tighten that screw.”
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4 – Sounding like a duck for the first year and wondering why you bother at all.
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5 – That feeling when you break your favourite reed.
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6 – This conversation… “What instrument do you play?” “The oboe.” “What?” “The oboe.”  “Never heard of it.”
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7 – Not getting any decent band parts because most arrangers assume that there are no oboe players in the world anymore.
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8 – On the same note… Desperately hoping for a technically interesting part, and then not having a clue what to do when faced with this.
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9 – Buying more cigarette paper than anyone else you know.
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 10 – And in spite of all the above, knowing you play the best instrument in the world.
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