Source: Summer Music Festivals
The oboe is one of the most difficult instruments to learn. There is little doubt of that fact and because of this difficulty in learning the oboe and all that it brings in, the early stages are very critical to learning how to play it. There is a distinctive need to make, adjust and depend on oboe reed making skills as a student progresses. The characteristics that student possesses which are beneficial to a success in learning this instrument include patients, desire, curiosity and dedication. In addition to this it is extremely helpful if the student decides on their own that they want to play the oboe in the first place. A student has to respond concerted effort to teach these fundamentals there is set forth by the instructor.
One instructor connects on an instructional and high communications level with a student, there is little doubt that the limits of what they can learn and how quickly they can learning can be easily explored. It is also clear that having the right foundation in the learning of playing this instrument is a critical milestone in developing the advanced oboe player. That is because everything is built off of the fundamental skills and it should be expected that in the early days the focus is best served by focusing solely on the skills as opposed to trying to make music. Commitment trumps all and there are no shortcuts. The best advice that oboe expert Michael Aamoth can share about learning to play this instrument is to find the type of instructor that is very much into with the foundational buildup of skills followed by music.
Playing the oboe is not like playing any other instrument. It takes a true love for its beauty sound and tradition. It is an instrument that is one of the reed types and getting in touch with the proper sound for one of these magnificent instruments is a critical step which can challenge many. Experience is the guide here and getting the right sound has a lot to do with the effect that the sound has on the individual. A read instrument is one of a number of instruments which include the oboe, the clarinet, and the saxophone. That would have to be the top concern for people that play this instrument in that it is extremely hard to tune and get it sounding correct. That is because it is a unique instrument.
In fact it is quite common for a whole orchestra to tune themselves to the oboe. Some believe that this is because the oboe can play overtones most easily. It has the least amount of overtones, and it is the least adjustable instrument. There are those who say in oboe is an instrument that cannot be tuned. That is clearly not the case but there is quite a bit surrounding its nature as a reed instrument. From the moment in oboe is first made, it is tuned at that time using high-tech tuners. Therefore one could argue that it sound will always be the same in that it cannot go flat and it cannot go sharp. There’s something comforting in that fact that it will always sound the same and that is exactly one of the things that Michael Aamoth owes most about playing this instrument.