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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,...

Choosing a Career in Music for Double Reed and Wind Players

Choosing a Career in Music for Double Reed and Wind Players

After having several dedicated students approach me this year with dreams of playing the oboe professionally (followed, naturally, by some concerned parents), I felt inspired to write the article I wish someone had given ME when I was in my teens and early 20’s....

Why Choose The Oboe?

Why Choose The Oboe?

This is one of my favorite clips that has been circulating YouTube since 2011. It was originally broadcast in 1997 and speaks beautifully of the challenges and joys of playing the oboe. Why choose the oboe? Simply stated, for someone that has fallen in love with...

10 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Making Oboe Reeds

10 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Making Oboe Reeds

1. Life’s Cycles There are no shortcuts when making an oboe reed. It seems to be human nature to spend our lives looking for an easier road. Making a reed requires a detailed process of cane sorting, splitting, measuring, pre-gouging, gouging, tying, and then finally...