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The oboe is a double-reed instrument of the woodwind family. The oboe has a high-pitched sound compared to other woodwinds, which is why its derived name means “high, loud woodwind.” An oboe player, or oboist, varies the range of notes by changing the embouchure and air pressure. The pitch of the oboe can also be affected by the age, length, and material of the reed. Oboe reeds usually take a few days to break in, so that they can become stable and controllable. The oboe is typically featured in classical bands, orchestras, chamber groups, and film music. For more in-depth information on the oboe, click here.

Oboe Anatomy


Oboe Reed Anatomy

Assembling the Oboe

The following information was taken from www.musicshowcaseonline.com, which tells how to assemble an oboe:

  1. Attach the bell to the bottom joint.  If you have a low Bb key, hold it closed while assembling the joints.
  2. Line up  the posts so that the bridge keys  will close the Bb.
  3. Assemble the upper and lower joints, holding the top of the upper joint and the bottom of the lower joint.  Align the main key posts rather than the bridge keys.
  4. To assemble cork joints, gently twist the two parts until they come together.
  5. Hold the upper joint, avoiding any keys, and insert the reed all the way.

Below you will find different videos about the oboe.

Ennio Morricone – Monaco – Gabriel’s Oboe

Bach Oboe and Violin Concerto 1st mov.

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