The oboe embouchure can differ from person to person. I am a “corners forward,” “flat chin,” and “less reed!” sort. If you look at videos on YouTube you will find many who play with gobs of reed in their mouth (my sound is horrible then!). I simply can’t play with what I call a “bunchy chin” yet I see others who do that. I just heard from Barry Kroeker (Hi Barry! Very nice to “meet” you.) and I’m with him on embouchure, so I’m sharing his video here.

I think those who play on a short scrape reed might do things very differently: I play, of course, on the longer, American scrape. I think this might also be the reason that you see many of us here play with our oboes closer to our bodies, while those in other countries play with their oboes further out … some nearly like trumpets. But having never played on a short scrape I’m only guessing on that.

08. October 2021 · Comments Off on Ah, Bach! · Categories: English horn, Listen, Oboe, Videos

These two, Diana Doherty and Alexandre Oguey, are a married couple, playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This is just a wonderful way to start my day and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The start of the video is such fun, and the music making is glorious!

16. August 2021 · Comments Off on One Minute Oboe Lessons · Categories: Oboe, Teaching, Videos

Dr. Aaron Hill, a fabulous oboist and instructor, has a new series! Check it out. I highly recommend his videos. (If you recall he also did Ferling Fridays!)

12. July 2019 · Comments Off on Keve! · Categories: Videos

I always enjoy seeing a new Keve Wilson YouTube video! Even more, I enjoy listening. Brava, Keve, and bravi tutti to you all!

Keve Wilson and The Tesla Quartet perform Bernhard Crusell’s Divertimento in Greenville, S.C. as part of the Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas. Inessa Zaretsky, Artistic Director

14. June 2019 · Comments Off on Roger That! · Categories: Videos · Tags:

From 2013:

From February of this year:

14. April 2019 · Comments Off on Thank you, Yo-Yo Ma · Categories: Videos

05. March 2019 · Comments Off on Cute! · Categories: Videos

… I’m not sure the kids knew quite what to think! Some look like the volume was a bit much for their ears and I often wonder how singers deal with that when they are singing so close to each other!

From the YouTube Sacla’ page:

Sacla’ the Pesto Pioneers and Italian foodies favourite, served up a great surprise at a Buckinghamshire primary school and staged an impromptu Opera in the canteen one lunch time.

Four secret opera singers, disguised as canteen staff, broke into song bringing the room to a standstill with a rousing medley of the Italian classics by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.

From soaring soprano to booming baritone, the singers’ stunning performance thrilled the unsuspecting school children whose shocked and surprised reactions were captured on camera by a six strong film crew behind the scenes.

30. January 2019 · Comments Off on The Baroque Oboe · Categories: Baroque, Oboe, Videos

… the prior video then took me to this one. Such fun to hear and learn about!

Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

30. January 2019 · Comments Off on Haydn’s Oboe · Categories: Oboe, Videos

This is a fun and informative video. I’m grateful to my friend Carolyn Fahm for bringing it to my attention!

30. October 2018 · Comments Off on Wow … And It’s Not About the Speed · Categories: Listen, Oboe, Videos

It’s about the accuracy and the clarity. Yes, Trevor Mowry can play quickly. But if he hadn’t also played all of this cleanly one would just think, “Slow down!” This is something I frequently have to say to my students: I care much more about musicality and accuracy than I do about speed. Play it slow first. Get it right. Get rid of glitches.

Then work on speed.

Please.

Bravo, Mr. Mowry. I’m in awe. Clearly accuracy AND speed are no issue for you!

(Hat tip to Robert Hubbard, who sent out the link.)

This is a set of challenging pieces for unaccompanied oboe inspired by the following French paintings:

I. Hôtel des Roches noires à Trouville (Claude Monet 1870)
II. Potager et arbres en fleurs – Printemps, Pontoise (Camille Pissarro 1877) 4:16
III. Boulevard des Capucines (Claude Monet 1873) 7:25
IV. Sentier dans les bois (Auguste Renoir 1874) 9:15
V. Scène de plage – Ciel d’orage (Eugène Boudin 1864) 11:43
VI. Le ballet espagnol (Edouard Manet 1862) 12:55

Each movement was recorded as a single take. The only edits are in between movements. Recording engineer: Alan Wonneberger