PARTICULAR WORDS OF WISDOM:
Old oboe players never die, they just fake away.
Earnie Harrison privately to Brenda on whether we should include the subject of conductors: “No. Loathing is not that hard to get to”
Evelyn McCarty on commercial reeds: “When I was a student I used those reeds because they were pretty.” On the potential for getting arthritis: “If you get older, you might get it. “
Gordon Hunt: “Some things do get easier, but you won’t always have the reed you want and you still have to get up and play well. One thing is certain: We don’t all play our best every day – we’re humans.”
Brenda Cascianni: On hissing like a snake: “If you make students hiss for a really, really, really long time, you know – don’t stop, you’re turning purple, that’s good - eventually they will get it that those muscles around the abdominal region are the little guys that you push the air out with.”
Brenda Schuman-Post: On improvisation: “Everyone should own and listen to my ‘Oboe Of The World’ CD.”
Person I don’t know – sorry: On playing folk music: The people are really accepting. I was afraid at first, but you just start improvising and it’s really a lot of fun.
Martin Schuring on reeds: Offerings to the reed gods are only marginally helpful. On improvisation: “Many of our students will go on to perform jobs that haven’t been invented yet. Students will come up with their own original paths.”
Kathy Halvorson via e-mail on improvisation: When you improvise your playing becomes three dementional. You use your ears as well as your eyes. Listen to jazz trumpeters. The sound is similar.
Oscar Petty: “Students should leave the classroom happy in terms of their experience. Whatever they are doing, they should be happy.”
Harold Emert: On Fitness: “Get away from the oboe. Take a dance class.”
On CDs: “Lets start exchanging CDs. I’d like to have a CD from everyone in this room.”
Stephen Caplan via e-mail: On Posture: “An oboist might be a pain in the neck, but playing the oboe shouldn’t be.”