Oboe

The oboe is the trumpet of the woodwind family.

All tutors at International Music School Cardiff are hand-picked, highly trained professional musicians with an enthusiasm for teaching their instrument. Lessons take place in our city-centre venue, and it is our vision to create a place where music tuition of the highest quality is delivered alongside regular professional concerts and public performance opportunities for our students.

What should you expect from oboe lessons?

At the very beginning you will learn how to assemble the instrument, how to hold it and how to create an even sound. It is important that you learn how the reeds are made and how to prepare them by soaking them a few minutes before playing. It is essential that you get a good instrument to learn on – nothing is more frustrating for a beginner than having a bad instrument that works against you. We recommend to rent an instrument before buying one, please get in touch for further information on instrument hire.

Your oboe lessons will include exercises on breathing, sound quality and technique. It is great fun to explore the oboe and the vast range of chamber music, orchestral and solo repertoire written for it.

A little bit about the instrument

The oboe can easily be mistaken for a clarinet, but its unique voice is much brighter and more piercing than the clarinet or flute. Traditionally, the oboe is the instrument which provides the tuning note for the rest of an orchestra.

The oboe is part of the woodwind family, together with the flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. Like the bassoon, it is a double-reeded instrument – it doesn’t have a mouthpiece, but a double reed, which makes it more of a challenge to play.

Once the player is familiar with the mechanics of the instrument, it is a unique and rewarding instrument to play and very sought-after, as it is more rare than flutes or clarinets.