The gathering with the oboe gang was much-needed. Surprisingly, there wasn’t as much reed talk and more variety in pieces played. Schumann was a hot piece this year (or maybe it was just herd instinct) and we took turns playing accompaniment. Veda brought her baroque oboe and taught me to play a scale. Air pressure from the reed is much less than on a modern oboe reed, making it more comfortable to play. However, the lack of keys make fingerings quite awkward.