Mike Aamoth – Tips for Protecting the Environment

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Mike Aamoth is a musician who has been playing the oboe for several years. He has experience performing with a number of major orchestras around the country, and on the stages of some of Europe’s most historic concert halls. However, he is also an environmental activist, and he knows how to do his part for the sake of the environment; here are some tips to help the environment.

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Minimize your use of toxic chemicals. All the chemicals we use for growing plants, killing weeds, and fertilizing our lawns has an impact on our underground water ways, and thusly, our drinking water. Only one percent of the Earth’s water is safe for human consumption, and we need to do our best to keep that number from shrinking even further. If you have to use chemicals that could be harmful, be cautious.

Use renewable energy at home or at work. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy sources are all viable options for paying many of our everyday needs. As environmentalism continues to grow in popularity throughout the world, renewable energy technologies are being developed regularly. Solar panels are a great way to help protect the environment at home.

Support environmental causes and organizations. One of the best ways you can protect the environment is by spreading the word. Get involved in organizations that aim to protect the environment, spread awareness regarding important issues, and support political officials who care about the Earth’s future.

Mike Aamoth is an active supporter of Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Heifer International. He wants to do his part in order to protect the environment for future generations of humanity.

Mike Aamoth – Useful Tips for Operating a Business

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Mike Aamoth is an accomplished musician who has worked hard for the sake of his career as an oboist. He has performed with a number of orchestras, and he even operates his own music business called Midwest Musical Imports. He understands how operate a successful business; here are some tips for other business owners to do the same.

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When you’re operating a business, you want to make sure you hire the people who are going to support it the way you want it supported. Hiring employees for your business may seem like a simple task relative to your other responsibilities, but it is an essential part of the process. Hire the employees you know you can trust to work hard, be passionate, and most of all, helpful to the customer.

As a business owner, you also need to pay attention to the customer. Make sure you’re willing to understand your clientele so that you can begin to anticipate their needs. Not so much on an individual basis, but on a large scale with regards to the latest trends in the industry. If you notice a change in the needs of the customers, be willing to adapt for the sake of further growth.

If you want to be truly successful, you have to understand your industry. Make sure you’re keeping up to date on the customer trends, industry trends, and what your competition is doing. If a competitor is doing something new that’s gaining traction, learn how to do it better.

Mike Aamoth is a successful business owner because he understands what it takes to operate his company.

Mike Aamoth – A Few Tips to Become a Better Scuba Diver

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Mike Aamoth is a professional oboist who has been playing the instrument for several years. He has performed with a number of major orchestras, and has appeared on the stages of famous concert halls across Europe. He is also a successful business owner who opened a repair, rental, and import music shop called Midwest Musical Imports in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Mike Aamoth spends most of his time teaching students, growing his business, and honing his skills on the oboe, but he also has interest in another activity: scuba diving. He has been diving for a number of years, and is a proud member of the NAUI, which is a major scuba diving organization. Diving can be a risky activity to pursue if you don’t have the experience or training. Here are some tips to get better and stay safe.

First, always check your gear before going out on a dive. It is important that you check all of your gear before getting into the water so you ensure your safety, and the safety of the other divers you’re with. This is also a good opportunity to work on the buddy-check system, and make sure other divers’ gear is safe as well. Checking your gear thoroughly means that you also have to have an in depth knowledge of the gear you’re using; never go on a dive with gear you don’t understand fully, or haven’t used in a safe setting.

Second, make sure you have your dive planned out methodically. It doesn’t matter how much experience you or your partner has; if you’re going out on a dive, make sure you have a plan, and make sure you keep to the plan when you dive. It is important that you always agree on a maximum depth, as well as a total time for your dive before jumping in. This is a good time to go over emergency procedures and lost diver protocols as well because they will differ from dive site to dive site.

Third, practice never holding your breath while diving. Holding your breath during a dive can cause serious injury because the air in your lungs will contract as you dive, but expand as you come back up to the surface. By breathing continuously, the excess air is able to escape like normal, and this won’t be a problem as you dive. In some cases, over pressurization can occur, which will cause bubbles to enter your bloodstream and chest cavity.

Mike Aamoth always takes the proper precautions when he dives, and he knows that by doing so, he will become a better diver. He works hard in order to make sure he dives the right way, the safe way, and so that his partners will do the same. Never dive alone, and always be safe in the water.

Mike Aamoth – Tips for Teaching Students and Children the Oboe

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Mike Aamoth is a musician who has been playing and practicing the oboe most of his life. He has performed with several professional orchestras throughout his career, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera. He is also a successful business owner, and established Midwest Musical Imports in 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mike Aamoth

Mike Aamoth

Mike Aamoth isn’t just an accomplished musician on the oboe, he also has experience teaching younger generations the instrument. Inspiring students of music is something that he gets a great deal of satisfaction out of, and he aspires to write an oboe method book for students who want to hone their skills. Here are some useful tips for both teachers and parents who want to help children learn the instrument.

When teaching a student or child how to play the oboe, it is imperative that the basic techniques be taught separately from one another. This is important because relaying to a student all the basic techniques at once will be too much to comprehend in a single sitting. Teachers or parents should make sure a student has each step practiced first, which will make putting all the basics together at the end much easier. It also allows you to be able to pay better attention to technique to avoid any bad habits that could form if too much is taught at once.

In addition to being imperative that the basic techniques are taught separately, they also have to be taught the right way. Part of the reason the basics are taught in separate parts is so that teachers can pay closer attention to the student’s form. This will make it easier to correct mistakes that will lead to bad habits, as well as give you as the teacher the opportunity to teach each part both thoroughly, and correctly.

Lastly, “Do not hesitate to observe the teacher during early lessons to make sure your child is understanding the teacher’s presentation, especially in regards to the basic playing techniques,” Aamoth explains.

You want to make sure that the teacher has a solid and successful background as a music instructor, and that the fundamentals are being taught first and foremost. Many teachers sacrifice the harder lessons at the beginning so that the student can begin playing music and stay interested, however the fundamentals are essential to the child’s ability to grow. Like any sport or activity, the fundamentals lay down a supportive foundation that the student can build on.

Mike Aamoth is an experienced oboe instructor who has taught in universities around the country. He understands what students need to learn the oboe the correct way, and is willing to help other teachers and parents alike so that their students can achieve their goals as an oboist.

Finding an Oboe Teacher

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I believe it is very important that a beginning oboe student take private lessons from the very beginning of playing the oboe. Many parents/directors wait to see if the student likes the oboe or progresses a bit before taking lessons from an oboe teacher. However, because of the complicated nature of the fundamentals involved in playing the oboe, many “bad habits” may be formed without proper guidance. These bad habits will no doubt interfere with the progress the student makes, resulting in lack of progress and thus frustration.

Also, unlearning these bad habits later will interfere with their progress in the future. Proper guidance from the very beginning allows the student a much greater chance for excellence and enjoyment throughout their oboe playing experience.

It is very important that the proper teacher be selected for the beginning oboist. If there is more than one teacher available, I encourage the student and parent to “audition” the teacher.

Michael Aamoth

Michael Aamoth

Here are some ideas to have in mind:

  • The teacher is an experienced oboist.
  • The teacher is an experienced teacher.
  • The teacher comes recommended by others if possible.

I find it helpful for the parent to sit in or listen in on the lessons through this process. Trusting your judgement is very important and it is just fine to share your audition plan with the teacher. If they didn’t like the idea that would be a “red flag”. However, most, if not all, competent teachers will support this process.

A few points to observe during lessons:

  • Does the teacher address and stress learning the fundamental techniques, such as embouchure (formation of the mouth around the reed), breath support, body and finger position?
  • Does the teacher introduce practice techniques to learn each fundamental on its own?
  • Does the teacher address the importance of daily practice in an organized fashion?
  • Does the teacher discuss the importance of the oboe reed?
  • Is the teacher addressing the student in a positive and encouraging manner?
  • Is the teacher explaining themselves in a clear and understandable way?
  • Does the teacher play for the student?
  • Does the student react positively to the teacher?

All these can be used to help determine which teacher may be most effective in teaching the young student. No teacher is perfect, but if the answer to most of these questions is yes, it will be a good sign that the teacher would be a good fit.

Intro to Exercises

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Please find below the first draft for exercises to be introduced after addressing the fundamentals individually as presented earlier. The exercises will incorporate these fundamentals in a simple and step-by-step manner.

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These exercises and the oboe guide in general will be much more detailed than has been presented previously. It is important to identify when a skill is effectively learned so the student can move forward to the next step without getting unnecessarily bogged down. So it is important to “customize” these steps.

I welcome and encourage any suggestions, comments, and concerns while I develop this oboe guide on the website. Your feedback will undoubtedly allow for a more effective guide for students.

Eight Tips for Beginners

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  1. Always soak the reed up to the thread in a cup of water. Leave the reed in water for 2-3 minutes, take it out and shake off any excess water and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before playing. Dip the reed in water as needed while playing.
  2. Never soak the reed in the mouth. After playing soak the reed in water for a minute or run water over and through the reed followed by eliminating the excess moisture. Store reed in a reed case that is not airtight.
  3. Always clean the oboe out after playing. A turkey feather or swab may be used. If a cloth swab is used make sure that it does not get stuck in the oboe. A swab with a long cord on it will help pulling the swab out. If a swab gets stuck, bring it to a repair technician.
  4. Never blow warm air into a cold oboe. This may cause the oboe to crack and/or allow water to condense in the tone holes which causes a “gurgle” on certain notes.
  5. Allow the oboe to adjust to room temperature by warming it with your hands or under your arms. Or if time allows, let the oboe sit in an opened case until it reaches room temperature.
  6. While playing music, keep your eyes moving ahead to upcoming notes so you are prepared for them. Don’t stare at notes you are already playing. Play looking forward as you do when you are riding a bike or running.
  7. Never turn the adjustment screws that are in the flat top casings. These are adjustment screws and should only be turned by an advanced player or repair technician. The screws in the bell shaped casings can be adjusted to a firm setting so the rods and keys stay in place.
  8. Practice sight reading every practice session. Keep eyes moving forward and don’t stop to correct mistakes. Over time, you will see much improvement in this process.

Long Tone Exercises for Oboe

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Here’s the first installment of my upcoming method book for beginning oboe students. Enjoy!

I. Hold Long Tone

Start with G.
Complete the steps below and then repeat the steps for A and B.
(**Notice: The fewer fingers/keys pressed down, the lower the tone with the same amount of air.)

  1. Form embouchure in mirror.
  2. Put reed into mouth.
  3. Breathe – take a breath.
  4. Play the note as long as the embouchure is correct and tone remains steady. Focus on: embouchure, warm air, and maintaining a hard stomach.
  5. Stop when embouchure tires. Then rest and repeat.
  6. When the previous steps can be done somewhat comfortably, move onto Step 7.
  7. Use tuner for steady pitch
    #1 Flat – Set reed gently onto cushioned lower lip
    Sharp – Form more – O – and pull reed away from lower lip.
    #2 Flat – Sing note and drop pitch (sing ?), drop jaw, open throat.
    Sharp – Sing note and raise pitch (sing ?) – raise back of throat.

If difficulty is shown in holding a steady pitch, have the student keep singing the note and focus on #2.

8. Through this process remember to always:
— watch embouchure in mirror
— warm air (breathe into stomach not upper body)
— Maintain a hard stomach (relax rest of body)
— Relax shoulders
— Listen for steady tone, pitch, and volume

II. When comfortable, play the following exercise:

Slur Exercise

III. Tonguing

Air steady
Lick tip of bottom ?? with tip of tongue or slightly on top of tip of tongue
Sing first — dah Dah Dah
Reed only, then with reed — oboe

IV. Play Mary Had a Little Lamb

The Advantages of Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving is a sport with obvious advantages that can have a noteworthy effect on people’s lives. Scuba diving really has the capacity to improve your health, your social life, and your perception of the world around you.

Michael AamothThe advantages of scuba diving on health

Scuba diving is an excellent way of getting your cardio and strength training at the same time. Also, it can help to work your lungs in a manner that no measure of time on a treadmill could.

Scuba diving is one of the few exercises that can help to relief stress. Also, it can help to enhance the healing process. Studies have demonstrated that the body uses oxygen to recuperate itself. Scuba diving helps to increase the measure of oxygen in the blood, and thereby speeds up the healing process.

The advantages of scuba diving on social wellness

Scuba diving is not a game for loners, since scuba diving alone is a very risky thing to do. It can help you to learn how to trust and acknowledge individuals that you barely know. When you dive with a buddy, this means that you trust them enough to help you if anything should go wrong. Also, scuba divers get to experience and see amazing places that most people will never get to see.

Finally, scuba diving is fun. You get to test your limits and gain some experiences that you will never forget. You should scuba-dive not just for any reason, but because you love it.

Michael Aamoth is a member of NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). He has a keen interest in scuba diving, skydiving, reading, and music.

Five Essential Things You Need to Consider Before You Start a Music Instruction Business

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Before you start your own music instruction business, here are a few things that you ought to consider.

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1. Overcome your mental obstacles

Before you begin, make the dedication to instruct, and take pride in it.

2. Set clear goals and objectives

Decide on who and what you can teach, how much you want to earn, and the measure of your time that you can commit to it. Develop effective strategies on how to achieve your goals and objectives.

3. Choose where you’ll instruct

There are many places that you can use for music instruction. These include nearby schools, universities, or at the student’s home. There may even be a room in your house that you can use. Make sure you prepare a positive learning environment; this will greatly help your business.

4. Choose your initial rate

Make necessary enquiries from people who are already in the business and compare their rates. Although it may seem like a smart idea to charge less than your competition in order to help you attract more students, this might send a wrong signal. They might think that you are charging less because you are an amateur. Aim for a medium or higher rate, which will show that you are valuable.

5. Develop a unique marketing strategy

A strong marketing strategy is a vital tool for success in any business. Decide on what makes your business unique and valuable. Set goals and objectives, and device means to achieve them through an efficient marketing strategy.

Finally, your determination and passion for teaching is very essential.

Michael Aamoth is the President of Midwest Musical Imports; a company that deals with importation of oboes, bassoons, flutes, clarinets, and other accessories. They also offers rental and repair services.