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8 Ways to be successful in your private music lessons

8 Ways to be successful in your private music lessons

Introduction Studying private music lessons with an instructor can be an incredibly rewarding experience! It is my belief that music lessons can be both fun and educational. I like to take a human-first approach because each student is unique. However, working 1-1...

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...

Getting Started with Beginner Oboe Music

Getting Started with Beginner Oboe Music

If you are in the first year of learning to play the oboe, or have a student who is, this is the beginner oboe music I recommend.Technique Books The first order of business is learning the basics. The first year will include fingerings, embochure, breathing,...

Oboe Doubler’s Essentials List

Oboe Doubler’s Essentials List

If you double on the oboe, here is a list of the essentials you might need. I have been doubling on woodwinds for over 20 years. There have been gigs where I have taken up to 6 different instruments with me! Here are some essentials you'll need to make oboe a...

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...

Essential Tools for Reed Adjustments: Beginner’s Guide

Essential Tools for Reed Adjustments: Beginner’s Guide

A complete list of everything you need to start adjusting and making your own oboe and bassoon reeds. Essential Tool List: Knife Plaque Cutting Block Sharpening Stone Mandrel Razor Blades/Tip Cutter Rag or piece of old shirt (for scraping/stone) Tuner (for checking...