The Oboe

By James Turnbull | A magazine about all things oboe!

Practise, not play through.

At the end of each lesson we ask you to practise. What many of you do is go home and PLAY THROUGH and I’m afraid this isn’t good practice. Here is …

Gradient: a playlist of oboe pieces, graded by technical difficulty

by guest blogger, Jeremy Polmear, Oboe Classics<p>The pieces in this playlist range in technical difficulty from grade 2 to way beyond grade 8. Many of …

Why make reeds? (part 2.a) / Pourquoi faire ses anches? (#2.a)

After IDRS 2013, I wrote at the potential of being able to enjoy playing the oboe without needing to make reeds (click here). I am happy that meeting …

Oboe Woes

The author demonstrating<br>a more free, poised<br>use while playing<p>I wouldn't be surprised to find someday in a dictionary under the word 'tight' a phrase …

Improving Articulation

Originally published in The Double Reed in 2007. Reprinted with kind permission.<p>Introduction<br>The following article is a follow-up to “Know Pain? — …

No Pain

Originally published in The Double Reed in 2005. Reprinted with kind permission.<p>Know Pain?--Retrain.<p>By Stephen Caplan, DMA<p>The cliche "no pain, no …

In defence of the oboe

<b>Music teaching to children has got a thumbs-up from the school standards inspector, but while the violin, flute, guitar and recorder rank as the most popular instruments, the oboe is seen as uncool.</b><p>Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who campaigns for better music teaching in schools, says the oboe is …

Hey Kids, It's an Oboe

Hey Kids, It's an Oboe<br>from the Hey Kid's, Meet the Orchestra Index<p><b>Hey Kid's, It's an Oboe</b><br>Learn oboe history, how it's made, how it's played, about …

Instruments

Cor Anglais<p>The first thing always mentioned about the English horn, the alto of the double-reed family, is that it is neither English nor is it a …

Instruments

Introduction<p>The oboe and its larger relative, the cor anglais both produce a beautiful, sweet, haunting sound. When used as solo instruments the …

10 Facts about the Oboe

By Zachariah Friesen Fact 1: What’s an oboe? Oboe is a double reed instrument. A double reed consists of two flattened blades of bamboo that produce …

Bamboo

Links

Below are a selection of useful links to various oboe manufacturers, shops, reed makers etc.<p>If you know of a link that should be published here, do …

Choosing a Reed Supplier

Why is finding the right reed important?<p>Finding a good source of oboe reeds is crucial to enabling a student to develop their oboe playing.<p>When …

Choosing an Instrument

Once you have found a teacher, the next step in learning the oboe is to find the right instrument for you. Depending on your budget there are several …

Finding a Teacher

When starting to learn the oboe, your first task is to find the right teacher. Once you have a teacher you are happy with they are most likely to be …

Education

The History of The Oboe

Today, the oboe is recognised as a member of the woodwind family in the modern symphony orchestra. Its roots, however, go very far back into the past …

Recommended Reading

Below are a selection of some interesting books about the oboe that are available from various bookstores or online websites.<p>As well as the books …

Oboe Repertoire

Below is a selection of different pieces of music which are prominent in the oboe repertoire. Included with each section is a Spotify playlist. …