The Drive

LVB: One thing that I forgot to ask you about was the term “drive.” I wanted you to explain that.

LT (Laurence Thorstenberg): Well, what he called “drives” were long tones [on every note on the Oboe] with crescendo and diminuendo, which were carefully graded. One would start on a level next to nothing, which he called number 1. Then you’d take maybe four, six, or eight beats crescendoing and with each beat you would have an increasing intensity number. Then you would take an equal amount of time to diminish into nothing. This was something that I worked on for some time in the beginning of lessons with him. Of course, one has to have a pretty good reed of a sort to be able to do this, to do the lower end of the dynamic scale so controlledly. I don’t know that he really explained that, I guess he just took it for granted that he knew you’d find out, that you’d better fix up a reed on which you could do that.

MT to DB: Exercise: 1-14 on E, then play 15 on high D: