Topic: Oboe back pressure and health risks
I am a woodwind doubler but I play primarily bassoon. I've recently become very interested in adding oboe to my arsenal. I love the oboe and the English horn as well, but after a few short, red-faced, headache-y practice sessions with oboe, I have become a little bit concerned about the amount of back pressure involved in playing. I understand that the vast majority of players who are otherwise healthy have really quite little to fear from playing the oboe, but after suffering two grand mal seizures last year, and reading about William Bennett, I've become very sensitive about risks to my health (particularly ones that can involve blood flow to my head!!) that may (or may not) result from playing the oboe.
I guess what I would like to know is: are there any serious health risks that have been known to occur due to back pressure from the oboe? Does one get more used to the pressure over time? What is a way that I can most reduce the amount of pressure?
New York City