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Getting Started with Intermediate Oboe Music

Getting Started with Intermediate Oboe Music

If you have been playing oboe for about a year and are ready to move onto the next level, this is the intermediate oboe music I recommend.Technique Books These are the first real technical etude books I introduce students too. The melodies are easy enough to start with (espeically in Barret), but keep in mind they can be used all the way through Undergrad and beyond (as there is quite a bit of variety).Oboe Method by A. M. R. Barret This is one of the most standard oboe books in the repertoire. I reccomend the version that was revised by...

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How to Fix a Large Reed Opening

How to Fix a Large Reed Opening

A Complete Guide: How to Fix a Large Oboe Reed Opening Whether you are dealing with the largest opening you've ever seen, or trying to troubleshoot a reoccurring issue, this guide will walk you through diagnosing large opening issues with oboe and English horn reeds. I’ve included solutions you can use immediately and there is a special section at the end just for baroque oboe reeds too! What variables can contribute to a large opening? Thick gouge Narrow diameter cane Tied too short Wide shape Soaked too long What are the problems or...

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The Ultimate Guide to English Horn Reeds

The Ultimate Guide to English Horn Reeds

The Ultimate Guide to English Horn Reeds Several years ago a great English horn player came in and did a master class for our studio. He graciously provided a multi-page packet with everything you could think of related to the English horn. A few years later, I started to refine my own English horn reed-making process to best suit my personal needs. However, I found there wasn’t much in the way of information online to help guide me with the overwhelming number of shapes, staples, and troubleshooting issues. It is my hope to be able to shed...

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Oboe Reed Adjustments [Infographic]

Oboe Reed Adjustments [Infographic]

My common oboe reed adjustments guide has been such a hit, I made a simplified version as an infographic. You can download a pdf version by clicking here, or click on the photo for a higher resolution JPEG. The information in this article is original and COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. Please feel free to use this information for personal use only, or contact me at khara@kharawolf.com for any other usage rights. Happy reed making!

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A Guide to Sharpening Stones and Tools

A Guide to Sharpening Stones and Tools

A Guide to Sharpening Stones and Tools The Two Parts of Sharpening the Blade There are two things that need to happen to the blade to create an edge that will be effective for scraping cane: 1) creating a “new” edge and 2) refining that edge to be razor sharp. 1) As you scrape cane against steel or metal, the cane will slowly wear down the edge of the blade. You’ll need a sharpening stone to create a new edge throughout your reed making process. 2) Once you’ve refreshed your edge (essentially putting it back after some scraping), you’ll need...

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