……or in my case, an Oboe!
My Sister had just taken up the Bassoon and with one double reed player already in the Family, it figured that the Oboe was more sensible than the Flute and would be better for me. The teacher had a vacancy and there were already trillions of school flautists!
I played and played and played. I was hooked from day one. That Oboe became my life. I was also so lucky in the way it taught me how to breathe, how to use my diaphragm and how to exercise every muscle in my respiratory system. That Oboe was the best lung work out I could get when I was growing up…and through school and college. My famous professor at college was himself a severe asthmatic. I never had issues jacking up 10 puffs of Ventolin in my lesson mid way through the 1st movement of the Strauss Concerto!
After playing professionally for many years, I have oh so sadly not managed to blow a note out of the thing since early 2005. This does still break my heart. I am determined that one day I will get my lungs back to being strong enough to cope with those kind of pressures. In some ways I think it may be slightly resemblant of powerful BiPap, but with the power being generated by me, and not mechanically.
So as several people have Tweeted and replied to others of my posts with musical stories, I thought it would be lovely to find out who you are, what you play, and particularly if you’re a wind player, if you took it up because you had asthma. As I run a Wind Band at school, obviously I have noticed how many of my young steeds shoot up their inhalers before our rehearsals. Did it or has it helped your breathing problems because you are using a better respiratory technique? I’m interested.
So I’ve provided the topic….
….It’s up to you to provide the answers!