Here’s the first installment of my upcoming method book for beginning oboe students. Enjoy!
I. Hold Long Tone
Start with G.
Complete the steps below and then repeat the steps for A and B.
(**Notice: The fewer fingers/keys pressed down, the lower the tone with the same amount of air.)
- Form embouchure in mirror.
- Put reed into mouth.
- Breathe – take a breath.
- Play the note as long as the embouchure is correct and tone remains steady. Focus on: embouchure, warm air, and maintaining a hard stomach.
- Stop when embouchure tires. Then rest and repeat.
- When the previous steps can be done somewhat comfortably, move onto Step 7.
- Use tuner for steady pitch
#1 Flat – Set reed gently onto cushioned lower lip
Sharp – Form more – O – and pull reed away from lower lip.
#2 Flat – Sing note and drop pitch (sing ?), drop jaw, open throat.
Sharp – Sing note and raise pitch (sing ?) – raise back of throat.
If difficulty is shown in holding a steady pitch, have the student keep singing the note and focus on #2.
8. Through this process remember to always:
— watch embouchure in mirror
— warm air (breathe into stomach not upper body)
— Maintain a hard stomach (relax rest of body)
— Relax shoulders
— Listen for steady tone, pitch, and volume
II. When comfortable, play the following exercise:
Lick tip of bottom ?? with tip of tongue or slightly on top of tip of tongue
Sing first — dah Dah Dah
Reed only, then with reed — oboe
IV. Play Mary Had a Little Lamb