Beginning Band: Oboe Assignments for 2.16.2018

Beginning Band – Oboe

Also look for the general Beginning Band post from Mr. Dan.


Needed materials:

  • Metronome (Not necessary until Intermediate Band, but please begin looking.)
  • Oboe neck strap to help alleviate wrist pain.


This Week’s Assignment:



  • Watch this video:
  • Practice the ‘soup’ and ‘blowing bubbles’ exercises frequently. Try to increase the length of time you can blow each time until you can blow for up to 8 counts at a time.


  • Remember to gently stretch your arms and hands at least once a day.
    • Hands flat on the wall and move down slowly until you feel the stretch. Hold for 5 seconds.
    • Sit and put your hand on a chair next to you. Tilt your head in the opposite direction until you feel the stretch. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat with the other arm and neck in the opposite direction.
    •  Put your hands together in a ‘prayer’ position. Pull hands down until you feel the stretch. Hold for 5 seconds.
    •  ‘Feel the stretch’ should not equal feeling pain. Don’t stretch so hard you feel pain!



  • Review pp. 12-15. Look closely at exercises 57, 58, 61 and 71.
  • Look over Down by the Riverside
  • Look for the awkward note jumps and practice playing a ‘siren’ between the two notes until they both come out smoothly.
  • Look for recordings of Oboe performances and listen.
  • Be sure to work on the following:
    • Soak your reed thoroughly! It is smart to practice with two reeds, one always soaking so you can switch when it starts to dry out.
    • Warm up with deep breaths while reed is soaking. Start with ‘in for 4 out for 4’ and work your way up to 10 in and 10 out (this will take several weeks!).
    • Practice fingerings only on the body of oboe until you’re comfortable with them. Then add reed and practice playing notes and fingerings together. Take it slowly and aim for smooth finger changes.
    • Do not practice for more than 30 minutes in one session! If you feel pain, stop. You can take a break and come back, but do not play through the pain.
    • Remember to sit straight, get the instrument up and out so that your chin isn’t tucked in.
    • No ‘huffing’ of notes. Use your tongue to stop air flow, don’t stop your air flow itself.
    • Watch fingers to make sure you’re covering completely.
    • Be sure to hold notes for full lengths (half notes especially!)

Practice smart!


Successful practice time:

  1. Quiet space
  2. All materials present
  3. Good Posture
  4. Warm up with deep breaths for 1-2 minutes (10 seconds in, 10 seconds out)

Successful music practice:

  1. Look for time signature, key signature(s), tempo(s), dynamics, and accidentals.
  2. Clap, tap, or buzz rhythm before playing.
  3. Silently finger/position through the piece in tempo.
  4. Play through the exercise.
  5. If you can play through it 4x without a mistake you have mastered it.