Graham Salter

Understanding the Oboe Reed by Graham Salter

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This newly released, comprehensive and unbiased guide addresses the numerous goals that can challenge all oboists. It attempts to sweep away technical mysteries by sharing a lifetime’s research into the construction, adjustment, response and intonation of both the oboe and its reeds; to assist every student and young professional to develop or refine a personal style, to escape the bonds of uniformity; to deepen international and especially transatlantic understanding, so that players of all styles may enjoy wider palettes of tone, production techniques, body resonances, articulation, presentation and vibrato; to preserve styles at risk of vanishing beneath the mainstream.

Investigating breath support, vibrato and reed-making refinements across the world’s major styles, this unique, impartial and comprehensive book explains perfect intonation in both scales. It details choices of cane, staple, gouger, shaper, knife, profiler and every option and refinement of the scrape, along with offering a straightforward exposition of the acoustics of oboe, cane and staple, and of the predictable overall consequences of alterations made to the tone holes and pad height settings of the oboe itself. A book designed to help every professional, amateur and student to discover or refine a personal style: enjoy repeatable control over every aspect of tone and response.

552 pages with 82 world interviews and 115 reeds photographed against the light and in profile with complete measurements.

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