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Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor of music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Scarecrow Press), Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician: A Scarecrow Press Music Series is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician, contributions to the Music Secrets series fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what beginners and intermediate practitioners need.
In Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player, Jacqueline Leclair tackles the oboe’s reputation as an especially difficult instrument and illustrates how oboists and English horn players can overcome common challenges. Leclair draws on her experience as a performer and instructor, offering practical tips and sometimes revolutionary ideas for rethinking oboe pedagogy.
Leclair also looks at performance strategies in the areas of equipment maintenance and management, physical health, and performance technique. Her secrets focus on such matters as how to optimize practice sessions, build endurance, improve use of the body when playing, work with reeds, and apply extended techniques. Oboe Secrets provides oboists and English horn players a quick and efficient path to significant improvement—both technically and musically—in their playing. It is the perfect resource for advanced high school oboists, professional performers, music instructors, and avid amateur musicians.
Jacqueline Leclair is a professor of oboe at McGill University and regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. The New York Times has hailed her performances as “astonishing” and the New Yorker has called her work “lively” and “wonderful.”
This series sets forth a quick set of pointers to improve musicians' work
asperformers. Easy to use and intended for the advanced musician so the book
states, these books 'fill a niche for those who have moved beyond what
beginners and intermediate practitioners need'. This excellent book does it
exactly what it says on the back cover. ... Oboe Secrets would be of use to
oboists of almost any level. . . . For the student or amateur it points the
way to future development of playing, and better technique; it would be a
most useful resource for teachers. For a professional such as myself I found
it thought-provoking and very rewarding to read, encouraging us to
re-evaluate what we do, how we do it and why. ... Oboe Secrets clearly
represents a great deal of work in assembling the ideas, describing things
clearly and setting them out in a logical and highly readable way, with
sensible use of illustrations. May of the 'secrets' would be of use to
players of other instruments too. Jacqueline Leclair has done a very fine
piece of work for us all, and I highly commend it.
— Double Reed News
Leclair's descriptions and ideas of conquering them should be refreshing and
often liberating. Being reminded of a 'lost technique' is quite helpful, and
likewise reading solutions similar to your own can be reassuring. The
resource list at the end of the book is extremely helpful in that Leclair has
included a brief synopsis for each book listed. The variety of texts and
suggested recordings lends insight into Leclair's reading tastes and habits.
It is clear that she is committed to working towards healthy playing habits,
enhancing and encouraging creativity, and opening her mind and body to
discovery and invention. Oboe Secrets is written in clear, easy to comprehend
language, should be a staple in the oboists' and English hornists' libraries,
and I recommend it for students, teachers, amateurs and professionals
— The Double Reed