Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, over 1 year ago

    Looks more like clumptiy notes. Do oboe’s have crumb valves?

  2. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, over 1 year ago


    I don’t think so, but when I’m at the Symphony I always see the oboist pulling string with a rag through his instrument during the rests.

  3. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 1 year ago


    This has added interest to every oboe player I have ever listened to. From now on I’m going to watch them like a hawk, and if they’re on CD, listen very carefully for the tell-tale ‘schlup’ of rag being dragged through instrument!

    This might even keep me awake . . .

  4. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 1 year ago


    ’Clumpity notes" is a particular favourite of mine – I play it frequently.

    Have you heard it orchestrated for flute and drum? Pure terpsichorean magic.

  5. WaitingMan

    WaitingMan said, over 1 year ago

    I love it when Petey channels his inner Coltrane.

  6. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 1 year ago

    Next: Flight of the Stumblebee.

  7. Baseball Yakker

    Baseball Yakker said, over 1 year ago

    I wonder if Thompson has Synesthesia? I do, and the mental picture of sound in frame 2 is similar to how I see it.

  8. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, over 1 year ago


    flute, drum, and tubular bells.

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 1 year ago

    Makes me think of my daughter’s dumping the “water” out of her horn (French horn, for the noncognoscenti), a practice which entails lowering it out of the audience’s line of vision and executing a half-turn to dump the stuff onto the floor. Yargh.

  10. ottod

    ottod GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    It helps to remember that most of it is condensation.

  11. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Yes Petey, the crackers will help. (NOT) :-D

    Now that would be REALLY funny! Poor Petey.

  12. mshefler

    mshefler said, over 1 year ago


    Sir Thomas Beecham to a trombonist during rehearsal, “Are you producing as much sound as possible from that quaint and antique drainage system which you are applying to your face?”

  13. redbaronss

    redbaronss said, over 1 year ago

    Spit valves. A good reason to avoid sitting on the carpet in a school band room. Ewwwwwww.

  14. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Just about everyone who plays a wind instrument has to dispose of condensation some way. Some use rags, some use “spit valves”.

    I got a chuckle imagining people performing these activities while playing the instruments (producing enough sound to be heard making the ’schlup").

    Petey might make some interesting sounds if he eats crackers just before he plays “Fidgity Digits”.

  15. lmonteros

    lmonteros said, over 1 year ago

    What I hate is the “bubbles” when I’m in the middle of a long passage with not enough rests to empty my horn. But, as ottod said, it IS condensation, not spit. The worst thing in it is a bit of oil from the valves and slides.

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