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So, I've been playing outta Ferling for a couple months, and I am really really stuck on Ferling 4, I cannot for the life of me seem to get the part where there are leaps of two octaves in staccato starting on a middle C and jumping to a C above the staff. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get that up to speed?

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This passage shows up the player that changes his embouchure for different registers.

Try to keep the same embouchure.

Note that (as I recall) the lower bit is a C major scale, and the upper notes are all Cs. So, to play it you play a scale, except every other note returns to the C.

In practicing the passage, try playing the first two notes up to speed, then the first three, first four etc.

Like this:

C-C; C-C; C-C
C-C-D; C-C-D; C-C-D
C-C-D-C; C-C-D-C; C-C-D-C;
, and so on.

Take comfort in the fact that this is MUCH harder on oboe.:)

Happy shedding!
 

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I have just "re-discovered" my Ferling studies anfter 37+ years (last played them in 1974) ...I enjoy the challenge but really feel that passages such as those 2 octave jumps are probably next to impossible at the speed indicated ... i will be happy if i can perform that passage at 86 bpm and not 126 as shown ...anyone know of any recordings of a sax or oboe performing this up to speed?
 

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This passage shows up the player that changes his embouchure for different registers.

Try to keep the same embouchure.

Note that (as I recall) the lower bit is a C major scale, and the upper notes are all Cs. So, to play it you play a scale, except every other note returns to the C.

In practicing the passage, try playing the first two notes up to speed, then the first three, first four etc.

Like this:

C-C; C-C; C-C
C-C-D; C-C-D; C-C-D
C-C-D-C; C-C-D-C; C-C-D-C;
, and so on.

Take comfort in the fact that this is MUCH harder on oboe.:)

Happy shedding!


This is VERY good advice!
 

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+1 on what hakukani said about the steady embouchure. Also try to keep your tongue arched, it will help your staccato.

If it's any consolation, number 4 is the only one I've committed to memory so I play it often and yet I still can't play it at 126 per quarter note.

EDIT: just noticed that this thread is almost 5 years old :mrgreen:
 
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