Thursday, July 5, 2007
Brief Oboe Update
Yes, I've been practicing even on vacation. It's hard to find a good time and place in a hotel, but I managed to practice every other day last week, and a little more this week at our cabin.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is actually getting a little faster. I now have recognizable trouble spots I can work on amid more fluent runs, instead of every measure being one messy trouble spot.
I can sight read most things I like out of our church hymnal - D and G major better than E flat or F# minor, not surprisingly.
I can play Gabriel's Oboe all the way through.
But I'm unhappy! Why? Because I sound like !$^&*@#!!
No, it's not my reed. No, it's not my trusty little student oboe. It's ME. If Mr. Kolyenkov from the play You Can't Take It With You were my teacher, he'd be pulling my husband aside and saying, "Confidentially, she stinks." I feel like my whole family thinks it sounds awful but they just feel sorry for me and don't say anything. *Sigh*
I won't have another lesson with Kyoko till August. Then I have to go on this trip with my husband's family...then what? Should I just keep taking lessons even though I feel like I'm gonna sound like stink for the rest of my life? Poor Kyoko...