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Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:46 PM
I'm not gonna post my own views until we get a few replies so as not to bias the poll ;)

But I think the right instrument will win. :)

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:50 PM
Consider all the times you've had your ear drums pierced by out of tune flutes (meaning all flutes). The oboe is the perfect instrument in every way, and is truly the greatest wind instrument in the world. ;)

Plus it's not a girly instruemnt. http://ads.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/ubb/tongue.gif

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:52 PM
Consider all the times you've had your ears pierced by out of tune flutes (meaning all flutes). The oboe is the perfect instrument in every way, and is truly the greatest wind instrument in the world. ;)
This is when it's played badly. I find oboes far worse when played badly, than flutes could ever be. The flute is such a refined instrument that you have to be very good to make it sound beautiful. I think I've just about mastered this, but I'm not sure my friends and family would agree ;) lol

-Kieron-
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:54 PM
I think the Flute, my friend plays it and it sounds amazing at times.

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:59 PM
This is when it's played badly. I find oboes far worse when played badly, than flutes could ever be. The flute is such a refined instrument that you have to be very good to make it sound beautiful. I think I've just about mastered this, but I'm not sure my friends and family would agree ;) lol

But it doesn't have the warm rich sound of the oboe. It's still thin and high sounding ;).

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:03 PM
:woohoo: to the person that just voted for Oboe

GoDominique
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:03 PM
:woohoo: to the person that just voted for Oboe
That was me - but actually I prefer cor anglais. :p

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:06 PM
That was me - but actually I prefer cor anglais. :p
I think I also prefer Cor Anglais to Oboe, It has a richer sound.

Though flute is master of all;)

ceiling_fan
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:06 PM
As a clarinetist, I have a bit of a rivalry with flutes

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:06 PM
:woohoo: to the person that just voted for Oboe
Oh dear :rolleyes:

lol :lol:

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:08 PM
D'oh

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:11 PM
You clarinetists have it well off. You get to sit between the Oboes and the Bassoons. We have to sit next to the flautists and constantly have to tell them to retune :tape:.

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:14 PM
You clarinetists have it well off. You get to sit between the Oboes and the Bassoons. We have to sit next to the flautists and constantly have to tell them to retune :tape:.
this poll is flawed since you must sit next to poor flautists who don't have a great musical sense;)

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:22 PM
Hey, here's a list of Oboe jokes I found on my harddrive from a website which I've lost the address of now. They are scaringly true. You won't understand them unless you're an oboist though.

-What's the difference between a SCUD missile and a bad oboist?
...A bad oboist can kill you.
-What's the similarity between a family reunion and an oboe solo?
...You know they are both coming and there is not a damn thing you can do about it
-There was a band directer who had a gun with two bullets. there was an oboe player, trumpet player, and bassoon player. Who did he shoot?
...The oboe player; Twice, just to make sure.
-What's the difference between an oboist and a psychiatric ward patient?
...The oboist just hasn't been caught yet
-Did you hear about the successful hunter's secret to attracting so many ducks?
...He paid an oboe player to go along with him and play.
-What's the difference between an oboe playing in tune and Star Trek?
...Star Trek could actually happen one day.
-What's the difference between an oboe and an onion?
...No one crys when an oboe gets chopped up.




*ReAsOnS tO pLaY tHe ObOe*

-The way people look at you when you tell them you play oboe.
-The ever-so-wanted nickname of 'hobo'
-"No, its not a clarinet"
-You like being special.
-When you're swabbing it out you can pull on your swab really hard so that it flings into the person's face who's beside you and go "Oops, sorry, It got stuck."
-"You play WHAT?! an elbow?!"
-Since theres only one or two more of you, you get really close with the other oboe players.
-Because you like to be the unsung hero of the band.
-The director always pays attention to you because your always so out of tune.
-If you want more attention, all you have to do is sqwak on your reed. Double bonus if you have more than one reed in your mouth at the same time.
-Because you will know more about oboe than your band director usually.
-The excuses of "my reed is broken" or "sorry, new reed".
-You can make it sound like one of those big trucks backing up and annoy the heck out of your parents.
-You can play it at 7 on saturday morning n see how many people get out of bed to yell at you.
-It's funny to see how many times each oboist can knock over another oboist's reed water.
-You can walk through places where theres non-band people with your reed in your mouth and listen to people ask each other "is she SMOKING?!"
-You can make the walls move. Just play really high notes when you have a stuffy nose.
-You can hide it in your backpack on band trips and then give your band director a heart attack when you tell her that you forgot it on the grass in front of the school.
-You will always win those contests where you see who can play the longest with only using one breath. (My record is 1.37 minutes.)
-It looks better on your resume for "What do you do in your spare time?" than 'play my air guitar'.
-You get to sit beside the flute section and make comments on how they have a real attitude problem.
-You can be over-protective of it without people thinking that you're too strange.
-The case doubles as a thing to throw at your older brother the next time he starts to throw shoes at you (I recommend that you remove your oboe before you throw it)
-If you lose your music, you can look off the flutes'.
-People pay attention to you long enough to figure out what the heck that thing is you're playing.
-You can always hide in the clarinet section if you dont feel like playing.
-No one cares if you're not heard.
-You always get your own stand.
-Its fun to stick your oboe under your armpit in the winter to keep it warm.
-Its even funner to slurp spit out of your oboe.
-Whenever theres a hard part in a piece, you can begin messing with your reed as if there's a problem with it that's keeping you from playing.
-You usually get a good seat in band.
-It gives you a great sense of pride to look at the carpet where all the oboists sit and see all the water stains



*ObOe-ism*

Personally, I think it takes a certain kind of person to play oboe. Many beginning oboe-ers realize that the instrument they chose is incredibly complicated. Many quit. Hence, the oboe population is quite low. Most oboists love their oboe. We are forced to be in pit, play a diff instrument, or be in colorguard for marching season. It aint fair. Most oboists are devoted to practicing and they enjoy doing it. If they dont, they suck. Ha. Sucking up spit from inside their oboe is a fun habit. Especially for those who like to do it during rests where everyone can hear them. Oboists share a bond with their oboes. We usually swab our instruments out alot because theres nothing worse than playing on a spitty-oboe. Theres so many little parts on an oboe so its hard to know whats broken. Mr Kessler is good at finding these problems. He likes to always tell you that when your oboe is broke, that its the worst thing hes ever seen just so you feel bad. Yeah. Ive got him figured out. I once cracked my oboe in half. Not just cracked it, but cracked in HALF. Like in TWO pieces. I think i am still scarred for like from that. I havent let it go yet. You just cant let something like that go. Im still saddened from that. Moving on....oboe reeds are also another issue. I used to be really bad with these. Like I would break mine every week. Sometimes twice a week. The reeds never even got a chance to get out of its "new-reedness". If my family ever goes poor, I will feel bad cuz its probably cuz they had to spend so much money on new reeds while I was in 7th and 8th grade. I will say though, that my favorite reed right now is about 3 months old. i LoVe it. When it breaks, Im going to slip into a deep depression. You just wait. Dont knock over an oboists' reed water. Only us oboists are allowed to do that to each other. I dont think its fair that oboes are never included specifically in anything. (i.e. "Flutes, nice transition. Saxes, theres a ritard there. Trumpets, your speeding. Drummers, your not even playing. Tuba, stop talking to yourself. Clarinets, check your reeds. Bass clarinet, wake up. Bassoon, nice job on leading the low section. Trombones, stop spraying your spit valves on the flute section. Baritone, thats a 'B' FLAT.) uhhh. hello? the OBOE??????????????????????? Yeah, we're used to being the forgotten people. Until you join orchestra woodwinds a.k.a. chamber ensemble. The whole orchestra tunes to YOU. And all of a sudden, youre cared about. *psh*. Get oboists together and we almost always have a blast no matter what we're doing. We can dance during rests. We're good at that Oboe reed water is nasty. It should not come into contact with any living being. Nope. Oboists are excluded from many band things. We cant be in marching, jazz, or pep band. Occassionally, we feel like lost puppys on the outside lookin in. But we can entertain ourselves by learning to play Jingle Bells on our reeds. Once you learn to love your oboe, you will always love it. What am I rambling on about? I dont know. But every other oboist out there,....yeah. You know what this is all about. ***



*ObOe ExCuSeS*

-"uhm. it was the reed. its new, ya see."
-"my oboe. its my oboe." ::repeat this over and over with while looking at your oboe as in disbelief::
-"i didnt have enough time to soak my reed!"
-"thats the way its supposed to sound!"
-"the trombonist knocked my water over so i couldnt soak my reed."
-"its cold outside, and on my way to class, my oboe froze in the case. its thawing as we speak."
-"i call it......*improvisation*"
-::point to any part of the oboe:: "its not moving the way its supposed to! look!"



.:* I WiSh *:.

~I wish I had known that plastic oboe reeds are not reeds at all. They are the spawns of Satan.
~I wish I had known that no matter how hard I will practice, I will still sound like a duck.
~I wish I had known that you have to stick your oboe under your armpits in cold weather outdoors.
~I wish I would have known that oboe players are all insane.
~I wish I would have known I will never be noticed, besides being made fun of.
~I wish I would have known that I will be seing plently of birds and ducks outside of the band room because of the oboe.
~I wish I would have known no matter how perfect I sound practicing my audition at home, how perfectly my oboe was working, when Audition Time finally rolls around, everything you worked hard for crashes and burns around you.
~I wish I would have known that I will have the same kind of personality and behavior as the other oboists.
~I wish I would have known you cant dangle the ball chains on your swab and pray that they'll slide down the hole.
~I wish I would have known that my nicknames will all be variations of the infamous "hobo".
~I wish I would have known that the director will always like the oboists and everyone else will make fun of you for that.
~I wish I would have known how much I will come to love that little ducky instrument we call the oboe.

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:50 PM
lol. they're good; you don't play the viola do you?

cos, generally everyone makes fun of the violas and the violas make fun of everyone else! :lol:

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Nah I didn't write those. I wish Oboes were popular culture here like they are in France (they are called hautbois). I play a French oboe, and most people do, and it's a really popular instrument there (shows how intelligent they are).

Chunchun
Apr 7th, 2005, 01:57 PM
is it Oboe is the vvvv short version of flute?

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:03 PM
is it Oboe is the vvvv short version of flute?
No; that would be a piccalo, what you're thinking of. The Oboe's like a clarinet, black, made of Plastic for the cheep and tacky ones, wood if it's a nice one, but it has a double reed, which you can clearly see instead of a mouthpiece with one reed.

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:09 PM
No; that would be a piccalo, what you're thinking of. The Oboe's like a clarinet, black, made of Plastic for the cheep and tacky ones, wood if it's a nice one, but it has a double reed, which you can clearly see instead of a mouthpiece with one reed.

First of all, :wavey: and :worship: to whoever just voted for the hautbois.

Second of all, oboes are totally different from the clarinet in EVERY way. It gets bigger as you go down, it is not just a big tube like the clarinet (which is why they have to be hand made and are much more expensive).
The sound is also much better :p

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:16 PM
First of all, :wavey: and :worship: to whoever just voted for the hautbois.
:mad:

Second of all, oboes are totally different from the clarinet in EVERY way. It gets bigger as you go down, it is not just a big tube like the clarinet (which is why they have to be hand made and are much more expensive).I was just talking in general terms; to someone who doesn't know the way around the woodwind, they are two black instruments which both point down! this is the extent of the similarities I would say, lol!
[QUOTE=Hautbois]The sound is also much better :p
That's disputable;)

ever heard any of the Brahms Clarinet sonatas? or those of Schumann? These are pieces in which I think the clarinet rivals even the beauty of the flute!

But I guess I don't know all that many chamber oboe works. I get paid today; maybe I'll go and buy a cheep tacky CD, something like 'classic FM oboe classics' if I can find anything suitable and not too annoyingly cheesey:)

(I hate classic FM! will only listen to Radio 3!)

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:20 PM
Classic FM plays the same things over and over again, and there's way too much Mozart for my liking :o

By the way it's 5-2 now :woohoo:

tfannis
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:20 PM
My brother is a pro oboist...I didn't like the sound at the beginning (about 15 years ago ;) ), got used to it and now I'm loving it....great instrument. And I love it when it's used in popsongs...gives that little extra (didn't the Stereophonics have a great oboe-song? )
Flute is a bit bla :o Prefer all the other wind instruments over the flute (and I've played the bassoon myself) :)

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:27 PM
My brother is a pro oboist...I didn't like the sound at the beginning (about 15 years ago ;) ), got used to it and now I'm loving it....great instrument. And I love it when it's used in popsongs...gives that little extra (didn't the Stereophonics have a great oboe-song? )
Flute is a bit bla :o Prefer all the other wind instruments over the flute (and I've played the bassoon myself) :)

:worship:

Handbags and Gladrags by the Stereophonics has 3 oboe solos!!! What does your brother do as a pro oboist?

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:42 PM
:worship:

Handbags and Gladrags by the Stereophonics has 3 oboe solos!!! What does your brother do as a pro oboist?
Actually, I 100%agree with you on this one, I am not normally mad about modern bands, but that is one hell of a beautiful solo :worship:

Szymanowski
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:43 PM
Classic FM plays the same things over and over again, and there's way too much Mozart for my liking :o

By the way it's 5-2 now :woohoo:
It's always Pacabell's canon, the Alleluia chorus, moonlight sonata or Ode to Joy.
And they only play small excerpts, never a full Symphony/concerto :rolleyes:

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:58 PM
EDITED

SelesFan70
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I played B-flat Clarinet way back when, and I got jealous that the flute section usually got all the high, melodic notes. :( But I voted for the flute because it usually gets all the high, melodic notes. :wavey:

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:32 PM
I played B-flat Clarinet way back when, and I got jealous that the flute section usually got all the high, melodic notes. :( But I voted for the flute because it usually gets all the high, melodic notes. :wavey:
:lol: Thats one of the reasons we hate flutes though

SelesFan70
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:42 PM
:lol: Thats one of the reasons we hate flutes though

I know...I'm a walking oxymoron... :lol:

tfannis
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:47 PM
:worship:

Handbags and Gladrags by the Stereophonics has 3 oboe solos!!! What does your brother do as a pro oboist?

If I'm not mistaken he's first oboist in the Flemish Symphonia Orchestra...he played in several others orchestra's, but I don't know what they're called (don't know if you ever heard of the Night of the Proms? Horrible yet popular...he played there a couple of times). He's a oboe teacher too. He's 26 right now, so he still has time to build up a good career :)

arn
Apr 7th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Oboe without a doubt :cool:

Pengwin
Apr 7th, 2005, 04:38 PM
Oboe without a doubt :cool:


:worship:

Da Bizzness
Apr 7th, 2005, 04:40 PM
Flute. but only cos my close friend plays one. :p

she'd kill me if i said something else. lol

Dancehall_Queen_
Apr 7th, 2005, 07:11 PM
da way i see it is a grade 1 flute player can sound good, but a grade 1 oboe player sounds terrible however a grade 8 flute player is good but a grade 8 oboe player sounds amazing.

Crazy Canuck
Apr 7th, 2005, 07:38 PM
The flute reigns supreme because I used to play one :angel:

Hagar
Apr 7th, 2005, 07:54 PM
My brother used to play the oboe. I think it has a wonderful warm, sophisticated sound. So I go for the oboe though you have to know it's a hell of an instrument to play. I remember that my brother was swearing a lot when he practiced. He was only 10 and it always took him like ages to get a sound out of the darn thing, and when he finally managed it was not the right sound. But he was determined and managed in the end to play some nice tunes.

JenFan75
Apr 7th, 2005, 08:14 PM
I play the oboe so i have to go with that one :)

Szymanowski
Apr 8th, 2005, 10:40 AM
da way i see it is a grade 1 flute player can sound good, but a grade 1 oboe player sounds terrible however a grade 8 flute player is good but a grade 8 oboe player sounds amazing.
Even though I would passionately say Flute, I have to dispute your statement. I know a hell of a lot of grade 7 flutes who screech :eek: :rolleyes:

Szymanowski
Apr 8th, 2005, 10:44 AM
Does anyone know Dvorak's 8th symphony? It's probably my favorite piece ever written, and I went to go and hear the London Phil play it yesterday. It was played so unemotionally, I didn't gety into the music at all.

The reason I'm saying this is because in the 3rd movement, where there is the most beautiful oboe solo (in G major) the oboist was horrible. He didn't play well at all, I'm not even sure he was playing legato, it was so un-lyrical. It just sounded woden, like a set of notes, and quite frankly, musically dead.

So I'm sorry but oboes are going down in my favor:sad:

Pengwin
Apr 8th, 2005, 11:31 AM
The oboe does sound bad from far away at times. I have a recording of me playing the oboe in a concert about 150 yards away using an mp3 player, and it sounds soooooo bad.

ozfan44
Apr 8th, 2005, 11:45 AM
flute

coz im so music illiterate and dont know what an oboe is lol

Pengwin
Apr 8th, 2005, 12:05 PM
flute

coz im so music illiterate and dont know what an oboe is lol

:tape: :o :( :fiery: :p

:lol:

Szymanowski
Apr 8th, 2005, 01:08 PM
The oboe does sound bad from far away at times. I have a recording of me playing the oboe in a concert about 150 yards away using an mp3 player, and it sounds soooooo bad.
That's probably got nothin to do with the distance;)

Just teasin;) I didn't mean that;)

Szymanowski
Apr 8th, 2005, 01:11 PM
Do you know the Dvorak 8th tho? If not, you should seriously listen to the 3rd movement; the oboe solo which gets passed to flutes the second time through, and eventually the 1st violins, is soooo beautiful.


The person who doesn't know what an oboe is; :worship: ! That's actually the reason I thought us flutes would win, because there would be people like that who didn't know an oboe. ;)

BTW, we're catching up in percentages;)

ozfan44
Apr 8th, 2005, 02:17 PM
:tape: :o :( :fiery: :p

:lol:

:lol: sorry mate :lol:

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 12:54 PM
bump

oboe cannot win :rolleyes:

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 07:23 PM
How did you bribe 11 people? :rolleyes:

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 07:27 PM
How did you bribe 11 people? :rolleyes:
:haha:

as if I'd need to bribe them :lol:

MisterQ
Apr 9th, 2005, 07:41 PM
The oboe has a lot more character. This is a good thing if you give it a lyrical solo line. What is more beautiful than a great oboist playing a great melody in a comfortable register? It's almost like a human voice. But this abundance of character creates problems, too. It makes it blend rather poorly into an ensemble. The instrument is cranky and the reeds are tempermental. The lowest register is rather crude even in the hands of the greatest players. The highest notes can squeak.

The flute is blander, but more agile, and blends extremely well into an ensemble with its purer tone.

Flutes have the problem of needing to breathe a lot, because the instrument offers no resistance. Oboes have the exact opposite problem: because the instrument uses so little air, it's like the player is swimming underwater. :lol: He/she often has to breathe out before breathing in.

Anyway, I vote for the oboe, with recognition that it can be a royal pain in the a$$. ;)

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 07:54 PM
The oboe has a lot more character. This is a good thing if you give it a lyrical solo line. What is more beautiful than a great oboist playing a great melody in a comfortable register? It's almost like a human voice. But this abundance of character creates problems, too. It makes it blend rather poorly into an ensemble. The instrument is cranky and the reeds are tempermental. The lowest register is rather crude even in the hands of the greatest players. The highest notes can squeak.

The flute is blander, but more agile, and blends extremely well into an ensemble with its purer tone.

Flutes have the problem of needing to breathe a lot, because the instrument offers no resistance. Oboes have the exact opposite problem: because the instrument uses so little air, it's like the player is swimming underwater. :lol: He/she often has to breathe out before breathing in.

Anyway, I vote for the oboe, with recognition that it can be a royal pain in the a$$. ;)

That is one of the greatest posts in the history of message boards, and totally true as well.

:worship:

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 07:59 PM
The oboe has a lot more character. This is a good thing if you give it a lyrical solo line. What is more beautiful than a great oboist playing a great melody in a comfortable register? It's almost like a human voice. But this abundance of character creates problems, too. It makes it blend rather poorly into an ensemble. The instrument is cranky and the reeds are tempermental. The lowest register is rather crude even in the hands of the greatest players. The highest notes can squeak.

The flute is blander, but more agile, and blends extremely well into an ensemble with its purer tone.

Flutes have the problem of needing to breathe a lot, because the instrument offers no resistance. Oboes have the exact opposite problem: because the instrument uses so little air, it's like the player is swimming underwater. :lol: He/she often has to breathe out before breathing in.

Anyway, I vote for the oboe, with recognition that it can be a royal pain in the a$$. ;)
No, depending on the player, the Flute can have bucketloads of character, and over a huge range.

Yes, I will admit that it's an unusual sound, and has great effect, but I think of it as less musical, and more 'comical'. Not in that it's funny, but that's the best word I can think of to describe what I'm trying to say. I don't know if you will understand me!

I think it has an interesting sound, but there is sooooo much more you can do with a flute than an oboe.

(DO NOT QUOTE AMERICAN PIE, PLEASE!!!!!)

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:00 PM
The flute is blander, but more agile, and blends extremely well into an ensemble with its purer tone.

This completely depends on the player.

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:05 PM
I understand what MisterQ is saying, and it's that flutes all sound the same sort of airy, screechy (some are less screechy than others), and shrill sound.

Oboes can range from dark and rich sounds, to light and bouncy sounds, to colourful and varied sounds.

MisterQ
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:09 PM
No, depending on the player, the Flute can have bucketloads of character, and over a huge range.

Of course, that's true, the flute can have great character and play with great expression. I'm not "dissing" on the good ol' flute by any means. :lol: But I still think that the flute is more capable of taking on a "neutral" character than the oboe is. It's harder for the oboe to "hide" its voice in an ensemble, and this is largely what I am referring to when I say it has more character. :)


I think it has an interesting sound, but there is sooooo much more you can do with a flute than an oboe.


I would agree with this in many respects -- the flute is more flexible. Some figures that the flute can pull off would sound very awkward on the oboe. But I do think that in certain capacities (like a lyrical solo line), the oboe is more striking. Just personal taste... ;)

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:42 PM
well, I'd agree with that fully.

I think the bit about More striking is true also because of it's sound I can't describe (comical without being funny :rolleyes::)) but in terms of beauty and lyricism, flute wins hands down

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:48 PM
The oboe is not funny in any way :rolleyes:

The flute it funnier with all the various pitch tunings of the same note you hear througout a piece.

Szymanowski
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:53 PM
no, It's not. I can't think of the right way to describe it. It sounds like it shoud be comical, but it's not. I just have a problem trying to describe this; it seems I can't!

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 08:56 PM
It's probably one of those things that is just too amazing to be described properly :)

Pengwin
Apr 9th, 2005, 09:00 PM
The Oboe = :drool: :worship:

The Flute = :tape: :o :help: :smash:

Szymanowski
Apr 10th, 2005, 09:43 AM
The Oboe = :drool:
Q. How do you know if the stage is flat?

A. Oboist drools at both sides of the mouth :tape:

Josh B.
Apr 10th, 2005, 11:18 AM
Flute!!

Pengwin
Apr 10th, 2005, 11:25 AM
Q. How do you know if the stage is flat?

A. Oboist drools at both sides of the mouth :tape:

Q. How do you make 4 flautist play in tune?

A. Shoot three of them and give the other one an oboe :angel:

Szymanowski
Apr 10th, 2005, 04:25 PM
hmm, I guess that's funny, but obviously a lie;)

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 10th, 2005, 09:09 PM
Both are very pretty instruments once they've been mastered. But I'll give the slight edge to the flute, just because it's more versatile IMO.

Szymanowski
Apr 10th, 2005, 09:20 PM
I understand what MisterQ is saying, and it's that flutes all sound the same sort of airy, screechy (some are less screechy than others), and shrill sound.

Oboes can range from dark and rich sounds, to light and bouncy sounds, to colourful and varied sounds.
Yes, Flutes can sound airy and shrill, but I would never use the word screechey to describe even the sound made by a complete beginner. If they are out of tune, the resulting harmonics when notes are close sound horrible, but it's rare to hear this. I would actually be impressed with a person who could make a flute screech, cos it's just not that kind of instrument, you can't screech with it.

Clarinets squeak because of the single reed, oboes screech because of the double reed. I'm not defending bad flute players, Just saying they do not screech lol ;)


Oh, and btw, us flutes have caught up ;)

Tati & Dani
Apr 10th, 2005, 10:36 PM
flute

Szymanowski
Apr 11th, 2005, 11:03 AM
:eek:


flute's taking off:D This is amazing:D

Szymanowski
Apr 11th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Any other voters?(bump)

Pengwin
Apr 12th, 2005, 04:09 PM
Please vote oboe to negate the CHEATING that has been going on in this thread by somebody :tape: :p

OUT!
Apr 12th, 2005, 04:16 PM
Flute :D

!<blocparty>!
Apr 12th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Flute, coz I used to play :o

Szymanowski
Apr 12th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Please vote oboe to negate the CHEATING that has been going on in this thread by somebody :tape: :p
CHEATING???!!! Is that how oboes got so far into the lead in the first place? :confused:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 13th, 2005, 05:44 AM
Yes, Flutes can sound airy and shrill, but I would never use the word screechey to describe even the sound made by a complete beginner. If they are out of tune, the resulting harmonics when notes are close sound horrible, but it's rare to hear this. I would actually be impressed with a person who could make a flute screech, cos it's just not that kind of instrument, you can't screech with it.

Clarinets squeak because of the single reed, oboes screech because of the double reed. I'm not defending bad flute players, Just saying they do not screech lol ;)


Oh, and btw, us flutes have caught up ;)


The squeaking of Oboes and Clarinets, and the high pitched misfiring sound of a flute is NOTHING compared to hearing a person learn to play the violin. THAT is SCREACHING!!!

Szymanowski
Apr 13th, 2005, 07:44 AM
The squeaking of Oboes and Clarinets, and the high pitched misfiring sound of a flute is NOTHING compared to hearing a person learn to play the violin. THAT is SCREACHING!!!
Nothing compared to hearing four bad piccaloes playing in close harmony. Ewwwww

Pengwin
Aug 11th, 2005, 06:47 PM
The squeaking of Oboes and Clarinets, and the high pitched misfiring sound of a flute is NOTHING compared to hearing a person learn to play the violin. THAT is SCREACHING!!!

Need we start on that 'instrument'? :scared:

@m@nd@
Aug 11th, 2005, 06:51 PM
flute :)