why oboe?

When we last left our intrepid heroine, she was being forced by an evil parent (me) to study an instrument for two years. An instrument of her choice — but how to choose?

Her response: “Can we listen to them?”

What an awesomely simple way to make a decision.

With the help of youTube, we went through all the options, listening a bit to clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, and of course, oboe.

We found Michel Plourde’s series “Instruments of the Orchestra” quite helpful.

He did pieces on the oboe, the flute, the clarinet, and many more.

After an evening or two of listening, she had narrowed her choices down to oboe or flute, with a slight preference for the oboe. There may have been a little parental lobbying toward oboe — l like the sound — but in the end it was her choice.

I continue to mull over the simplicity and obviousness of listening to the instrument in making a decision. It’s always amazing when your child comes up with an answer that never occurred to you, especially when it is a better answer than yours.

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