How to play the oboe in one easy lesson

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How to play the oboe in one easy lesson“There seems to be a kind of mystique surrounding the playing of the oboe. There is no doubt that the instrument is very strenuous, especially for the beginner, but by learning and understanding the correct techniques of playing it is no more difficult to master than any other. This e-book, which is based on 30 years experience of teaching the oboe, will take you through all aspects of technique enabling you to develop and/or improve your command of the instrument. Whether you are a beginner or an established player, this book will guide you through the essentials which will enable you to truly master that most magical of wind instruments, – the oboe.”

When played well the oboe is one of the most beautiful of all instruments. However, when played less than well it can be positively painful to listen to. Good technique gives us the control to bring the best out of the instrument and produce that lovely tone which will impress all those who hear it. It is that control which is at the heart of this e-book.

All aspects of technique are dealt with in a clear and comprehensive way. Each technique is explained fully and exercises for developing or improving that technique given. Understanding of why we do things in a certain way is an essential part of the learning process. This e-book will explain everything you need to know with clarity and humour.

The book contains sections on everything from acquiring a good posture to, what I call, the secret of oboe playing, – that is the balance between the embouchure and the diaphragm.

You will learn the ‘Six Steps’ of oboe playing and receive advice on issues such as control of the high notes, tonguing technique and the development of a good hand shape.

To many young players especially, the oboe is stressful and hard work. By applying the techniques outlined in this book, the muscles will be trained to cope with these difficulties making the instrument much less tiring to play. It is all a question of which muscles do what! If the wrong muscles are being used then problems are bound to ensue. This is especially true if smaller, weaker muscles are being used to do work which should be done by bigger and more powerful muscles. You wouldn’t try to pick up a large bucket of water with one little finger, – I hope!

Perhaps, first of all it would be a good idea to listen to a recording of my playing. Please use the buttons below the following picture to hear me in performance.

I then decided to diversify turning my attention more towards composition as well as taking a one-year course in instrumental teaching at Bretton Hall College. This led to a post in the Instrumental Teaching Service in Berkshire.

Since that time I have continued to be active in all aspects of music, notably as oboist with Collage Chamber Ensemble (Flute, Oboe, ‘Cello & Harpsichord) with whom I have performed and broadcast regularly throughout the UK and Europe. It was with Collage that my composition was first given a platform as I have written many pieces for the group. Collage has a wide and varied repertoire ranging from Baroque Trio Sonatas to the avant-garde.

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