How to Play
It is often said that the first lesson is the most important one. In this
introductory lecture-performance, Brenda
addresses the salient topics for the beginning oboist including:
- Selecting an oboe
- Tone Production
- Hand Position and Fingerings
- Instrument Care
This "lesson" is intended for beginners, parents,
band and orchestra directors who do not play oboe, doublers
and anyone else who may be curious about this instrument
that isn't as difficult to play as you may have been led to believe.
Handout materials are provided, and Brenda
discusses the idea of incorporating
the oboe into jazz band!
Also known as "Demystifying The Oboe," this class makes playing the oboe
accessible to everyone. It covers basic reed maintenance, how to hold the
oboe and how to blow through it properly. This class can be especially
directed towards band and orchestra directors, music teachers, music teachers
in training, music students, performing musicians, wind playing doublers,
absolute beginners, parents of oboists, and anyone who may be curious.
Brenda makes suggestions regarding playing and including oboe in jazz bands,
and provides hand out materials about reeds. If you are a school band or
orchestra director with oboes that you are unsure about, Brenda will play
them and offer an opinion.
Study Oboe with Brenda!
Brenda maintains private studios in San Francisco and San Rafael, California. She
teaches all levels - absolute beginners to highly advanced players. Brenda
also presents master classes worldwide.
Other "how to"
A class for all oboists - beginner to advanced, and for composers.
This is a
survey of extended techniques including flutter and double tonguing, circular
breathing, multiphonics, bent and micro-tonal pitch, glissandi and more.
Particular emphasis is placed on one valuable skill - usually double
tonguing. Bring your oboes and expect to play!
This class can be combined
with Improvisation for Classical Musicians, in which case it is called
Extended Techniques and Improvisation.
How to begin! And no, you do not have to be an oboist.