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Questions tagged [oboe]

The oboe is a soprano-ranged, double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family made from a wooden tube roughly 65 cm long, with metal keys, a conical bore and flared bell.

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Decades of wrong oboe embouchure

I started learning the oboe when I was 10, and went up to get a distinction at Grade 8 in the UK. However, my lips were nearly always sore, and I realise now that my teeth were biting in to my lip. I ...
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Oboe and wide interval playing

I'm a composer and creating a new piece of music involving an oboe. I have been studying some possibilities for the oboe to create a particular atmosphere with wide interval playing, such as found in ...
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What is the “tip” of the reed

What is the "tip" of an oboe reed? Is the upper part of the hole of the reed or the bottom part?
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When playing the oboe, should I touch the top or the bottom side of the reed?

I have been playing the oboe for one year now but I was touching the reed on its top side and I was told that's now the best way. My teacher says I should touch just the bottom side So my question ...
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What do the letters D and E above the staff represent here?

A mystery from a musician friend of mine: In the Alpine Symphony by Strauss, the oboe, Eflat clarinet, and bass clarinet/C clarinet have these D's and E's scattered throughout the back half of the ...
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Any way to make my oboe reed shorter?

I had an oboe reed handmade for me and the reed itself is very good and responsive, but the cork of the reed is too long, essentially making everything I play sound flat, even when pushed in all the ...
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In Oboe is it necessary to use the left pinky when playing F, D without a slur

In Oboe, it is impossible to play high F and D if there is a slur using the normal high F fingering so for F note we use the high E fingering with the the left pinky to produce the same high F I ...
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I play oboe and I'm in the top band, but I feel like a failure whenever my band director yells at me

I have been playing oboe for 1 year now and I am in the top band at my school. How come I can't do anything right. I feel like a total failure and not confident in myself. I feel as though I can't ...
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How to play this B on Oboe

As you can see, there is a B flat (or A sharp), but I am asking about the same note, B without flat (or A without sharp) What's the fingering on Oboe? Note I think that I can play it the same as ...
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Oboe embouchure issues?

I recently just got a brand new Oboe, and I'm having trouble getting my embouchure right. Please know that I just got it, so I'm still in need of much more practice. I am also a seasoned flute player ...
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Transporting woodwind instruments at low temperatures

For the coming season I am facing the problem that I have to get my double-reed instruments from my home to the rehearsal location and back, while it can get way below zero outside (-20° C). I will be ...
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English Horn correcting flat G-Flat

I just began playing the English Horn after playing oboe for the past 6 years. I have found that most of the notes are in tune, or close enough that I can correct with embouchure. The main exception ...
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Why can't oboes play softly while clarinets can?

Clarinets are famed for being able to play diminuendo and crescendo to and from niente. Oboes, however, have trouble playing in very low dynamics. The difference in construction of oboe and clarinet ...
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When composing for oboe, how useful is it to think about recorder fingerings?

I'm always a bit anxious when writing for winds, because I don't really have much of a clue how passages will be executed on the specific instrument. (And I know how needlessly complicated some parts ...
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Oboe Not Playing in Upper Register

I have a performance tonight and my oboe has magically decided to have issues. When I'm playing in the upper register, using the upper register key with my left thumb, the notes want to go down into ...
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Switch to Clarinet or Saxophone, which one is easier for an oboist?

I used to play the oboe. Being in a rock band (mainly as a guitarist) I'd like to switch to the clarinet or the saxophone, as they are more useful in rock / jazz music. My question is, which one would ...
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Blackout during practicing oboe

During some practice hours with my oboe I have the problem that everything in front of my eyes get black, and I have to stop at once, or I would become unstable and fall down. Why? Is there anything I ...
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Is circular breathing something an oboist needs?

Is the Circular Breathing a technique that is needed to know by a good Oboist?
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Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?

Most of the time, an orchestra will tune to the oboe. Why is that? What is the next instrument if, for some reason, there are no oboes?
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How do I improve my physical stamina for oboe playing?

I find I can only really practice for 20 minutes max before my lips and jaws start to go numb and this makes me a bit worried for my stamina for my exam...any suggestions on how to build that up so I ...
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Baroque Performance Tips

What are some recommendations for performing Baroque music? My studio professor seems to think that I can improvise in the Baroque style as easily as breathing -- which is sadly not true. The ...
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Oboe Fingerings in the Upper Register

Does anyone have a trick for playing notes like high E (three ledger lines above the staff) with all of those lovely pinky keys? My current technique is button mashing and hoping for the best, but ...