English Horn For Oboe Players


As a newbie on any tool, the start English Horn participant is frequently uncertain as to why it sounds horrific, despite the fact that she or he is a reasonably able and skilled oboe participant. Many times, gamers blame the tool whilst in truth they aren’t blowing sufficient air, or blame themselves for deficiencies which are because of a vain bocal, etc. Everything on English Horn works a bit otherwise from the oboe, so let’s check every piece of the device (consisting of the participant) individually.


Owning an English Horn is a pricey proposition, so maximum occasional gamers depend upon borrowing a tool from a faculty or a colleague. Because of intermittent use and a bigger bore much less touchy-to-minute distortions, English Horns have a tendency to live in provider a good deal longer than oboes. It isn’t always unusual for faculties or universities to have personal contraptions which are greater than thirty years old. There is not anything incorrect with this, of course, supplying the tool has been nicely maintained. Unfortunately, public faculties frequently purchase cheap, inferior contraptions and hold the ones for an extended time. If you aren’t sure of the tool’s condition, deliver it to your instructor or a professional and get advice. If it desires repairs, get them done. Schools often don’t have any price range for this, however, attempt. It will store the faculty cash withinside the lengthy run, in particular in case you achieve having the tool despatched to a restored character who focuses on oboes. General restore human beings at full-provider track shops don’t constantly have the vital experience.


Since oboes don’t have bocals, the significance of this piece of device is frequently not noted through oboists. A horrific bocal could make an excellent reed and tool vain. On the alternative hand, an excellent you may fantastically spruce up even a mediocre horn. If you play English Horn greater than a couple of times a year, an excellent bocal is a sensible investment. Bocals made through Mark Chudnow Woodwinds, John Symer, Hiniker, and the Dallas Bocal Company are all notable. Most sellers will ship you numerous to attempt for per week or so. The cost is around $150-200. There are different notable makers, also. It is useful in case you are capable of suiting the bocal to the tool – a high-quality bocal on one horn isn’t always a high-quality bocal on each horn.

A few symptoms and symptoms of a horrific bocal are:

A standard loss of resonance and focus, in particular on excessive notes.

Pitch instability (typically flatness) above the team of workers (excessive G to C). G-sharp simply above the team of workers is typically the worst note.

Uncontrollable sagging whilst making diminuendo on C withinside the center of the team of workers (0.33 space).

Don’t be absolutely at the mercy of the human beings loaning you stuff. Buy your personal bocal.


English horn reeds vary from oboe reeds in vital respects: they may be now no longer as “finished” as oboe reeds, and they commonly deliver a twine.

Many oboe reeds have extraordinarily skinny guidelines and as a substitute skinny returned, in particular simply underneath the coronary heart. If you are making an English horn reed this manner, it’s going to sound small and stupid and may be flat. Instead, make a reed that works nicely with desirable balance, however with much less assessment among the 3 major areas. In different words, construct your reed with a barely thicker tip, a barely lighter coronary heart, and a barely thicker return. In addition, the distinction in thickness among the pinnacle of the returned and the decreased quantities isn’t always as pronounced. If considered from the side, the “waistline” of the reed that looks simply underneath the coronary heart is decreased down. If you need to suppose in phrases of oboe reeds, make a reed that performs nicely, however, isn’t always “refined” it has to nevertheless have a bit little bit of raucousness.

English Horn reeds have to be wired. The twine isn’t always used to govern the hole of the reed. If the hole is incorrect, the twine can also additionally assist a bit, however, the reed will nevertheless have problems. Rather, the twine stabilizes and focuses the notes above the team of workers. Often, this permits you to get rid of greater wooden from a reed that’s a piece stiff however that might be too flat without the twine. Use #24 gauge brass twine, wind it around twice, and tighten with needlenose pliers. You should buy the twine withinside the hardware store – it’s inexpensive than “reed twine.”

Many reed makers positioned the twine at the clean earlier than scraping at all. I opt to upload the twine later if vital, more often than not as it receives in my manner in the course of the scraping. Don’t wind it on so tightly that it grips all of the manners across the reed; forestall as quickly as you sense it gripping the sides. Don’t position it up too excessive at the reed: 5-6 mm from the string (in different words, simply into the start of the scraped area) is excessive sufficient. The twine will typically slide round whilst the reed is dry, however, go back to its rightful role whilst the reed is soaked.