Oboe Music Study
In order to develop good initial playing habits, learning where to put fingers, how to shape and control mouth muscles, and how to care for the expensive reed is very important. Private lessons for individual attention are recommended in addition to class lessons at school for ensemble experience. Many schools provide double reed specialists for oboe and bassoon students. Sectional rehearsals held before, during or after school with an experienced double reed teacher can help the student attain maximum potential. A minimum of thirty minutes a day should be devoted to individual practice. In the beginning two or three fifteen minute sessions are best. (Excessive practice pushing beyond the capacity of the mouth muscles can lead to bad habits.)
It is extremely important to invest in good, preferably handmade, reeds. Most commercially made reeds are not adequate, even for the beginner. Although handmade reeds are more expensive, fewer reeds should be needed as they will be much higher in quality. Poor reeds can defeat every effort to play well.
There are many class and private study oboe methods available. Personal preference will vary. The class and band methods used by most schools are compatible with methods designed for private study when used simultaneously.
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