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Most orchestras will only have two oboe players, so it is best if you wish to sound like an oboe player, to place the Oboe Voice on the Lead Ensemble Button. This will enable you to play the oboe with just one note at a time, thus sounding like the real thing.  An oboe chord would certainly sound unrealistic.  As there are a maximum of two oboe players in an orchestra, you could, at best, however, play just two notes with oboe voices.

Do remember to take regular breaths, when playing like an oboist.  In line with that, you need to frequently let go of the keys at the end of musical phrases, in order to give the impression that your oboist is actually taking essential breaths.   This is an area we have covered before, when exploring the Clarinet.

When you do take a breath, the sound of the oboe should immediately stop and not linger on.   For this reason you should never use sustain when playing an oboe voice, because a real oboe player simply cannot employ the sustain effect.

If you are new to this web site, you have done well to read through all the postings on this board, but may well be asking, "Where do I go from here?"

If that is you, may I suggest you click on this link, which will open in a fresh window, a helpful starting point for you:

This posting will assist you in two ways:
1.     beginning to find your way round the AR-Group web-site      &
2.     getting to grips with all that is available on your Yamaha AR organ.

The Oboe

This Pearl will complete the woodwind section of the orchestra, with a set of different instruments called The Oboe Family, which chiefly consist of the Oboe, Cor Anglais also known as the English Horn, the Bassoon and the Double Bassoon.

All of these instruments have a double reed, which is made of two bits of thin cane, that vibrate against each other when the player puts them in their mouth.

The Oboe has a peculiar, penetrating but pleasant tone.    The oboist can produce some vibrato, but this will not be either deep or full.    In practice, the oboe, of all the instruments in the orchestra, actually produces the least natural vibrato.

This is why, it is the oboe that leads the tuning of the orchestra.   The principle oboe player will play an A note, then the lead violin will tune his A-string to that note.   From there all the other members of the orchestra will join in and tune to A.

So check out how the Yamaha engineers set the vibrato to OFF on the two oboes and Bassoon that we have available.

So, don’t be tempted to apply or increase the vibrato, just because you can – that is if keeping authenticity of using the oboe, is important to you.


Vintage Organs / Vintage Yamaha Organs
« Last post by Hugh Wallington on August 12, 2018, 10:00:50 PM »
Yamaha Brochure 1979

Discover the Electone #1 - A look at Yamaha's Electone Organs of the 60s & 70s

A look at Yamaha's Electone Organs of the 60s & 70s .... music; Yamaha Electone 7000 with Leslie 815 with performances from Dennis Hinman, Jim Levesque, Rollie Hudson, Alden Skinner and Tracy Hammer ....

From Mike Bracchi's Facebook Vintage Organ Group .. Hugh
Peter's Pearls / Re: No__77____Glossary Of Musical Terms
« Last post by Peter Anderson on August 08, 2018, 05:06:23 PM »
Hi Roger, these 5 that you submitted are added.

Thank you.

Playing Instruments Authentically – The Oboe Family

If you understand something about how the original instrument functions, it should be easier to play with that instrument’s voice on your Yamaha AR, making it sound like the original    It matters how you handle your Keyboard keys, if you want the instrument Voice to sound like the real thing.

I am assuming that you have read the previous Pearls covering other instruments, starting with No 89- The Clarinet, because I will not go into so much detail about such things as vibrato, sustain, breathing, phrasing, playing multiple notes, range, etc., though I will refer to these things as necessary.

To open those previous articles click on these links, but if you click on the first one, the Clarinet, then at the end of each is a link to the next, so that you can read them in logical sequence.

Click this link to take you the Clarinet Pearl, which is the first in the series on this subject:

However, if you want to return to the Flute Family post, then click this link:

In the next Reply we start to explore the Oboe Family, and commence with the Oboe itself.

Peter's Pearls / Re: No__77____Glossary Of Musical Terms
« Last post by Roger Mardon on August 08, 2018, 03:58:59 PM »
A couple more from my book of Daily Telegraph general knowledge crosswords:

Forzato - with forced or sudden emphasis.
Presa - sign used to indicate entry of each part in a canon or round.

The Bass Flute

These photos show two types of Bass Flute, demonstrating the angle at which they are played:

These are the least known and, therefore, the least played of the flute family.    The bass flute has an obscure reputation, but certainly isn’t a type of flute to overlook.     The bass flute sounds a full octave lower than the C flute and has a full, round sound.

The bass flute has always been a novelty.     Partially this is because of the real challenge of designing such a large flute.    The size of the bass flute has differed, usually being made anywhere from 50-60 inches in length.     Flute makers have tried many different ways to accommodate the long length and heavy weight of the bass flute.

Most modern flutes use a U-bend head joint to place the embouchure hole closer to the finger holes, but many other types of construction have been attempted, in the past.   Some bass flutes have been made with two bends in the head joint with the finger holes extending vertically.   This gives the bass flute a look more like a saxophone, but the sound is still made by blowing across the embouchure hole, rather than into the instrument.     Other bass flutes have also been made with the tube of the flute bent diagonally below the embouchure hole and a brace which could rest on the player’s thigh to help support the instrument’s weight.

Because of these problems, it is still rare to find a bass flute part written in to any large work.  The Bass flute is primarily used in flute ensembles or special commercial orchestrations.

Finally here are the ranges of these flutes:

This closes our look at Flutes.

To view the next Pearl on this subject, click this link to open the Oboe Family

Peter's Pearls / Re: No__88___Pedal Exercises
« Last post by Peter Anderson on August 08, 2018, 03:45:00 PM »
This completes this Pearl about Pedal exercises.

May I suggest that you use these music scores regularly, to help you keep playing the pedals smoothly and efficiently.

They have enough variety, not to be boring, but also sufficient difference to make you think about what you are playing.

Feel free to add comments below, as to how you managed.


Peter's Pearls / Re: No__88___Pedal Exercises
« Last post by Peter Anderson on August 08, 2018, 03:41:22 PM »
This final pedal exercise is also a well known tune, but is best played a little bit quicker, than the last one.

Click this link to open the pdf in a new window:

Pedal Exercise   No 17

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