The oboe is the highest pitched member of the double reed instruments within the woodwind family. It is officially one of the most difficult instruments to play! But don’t be put off by that, see it as a challenge. In an orchestra everyone has to tune to the oboe, so you are very important.
Learning to play the oboe
The oboe is a double reed instrument, which means you have two pieces of cane tied together, which vibrate to make a sound. When you start out, it will be difficult to make a good sound, but once you master the reed you will hear why the oboe is often given the most beautiful tunes in an orchestra.
Benefits of learning the oboe
Learning the oboe improves memory and concentration. As it demands great skill on both hands it will develop coordination and strength. The oboe encourages creativity, and offers opportunities to make music with other in groups and ensembles
Is it the right instrument for me?
The oboe has a deserved reputation for being difficult, so it will not be the right instrument for everyone. But it makes a wonderful sound and gets to play the most beautiful melodies, so it is extremely rewarding
You can start to learn the oboe in our low cost group lessons
Find an oboe lesson
Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends
Hire an oboe
There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire one from us to play at home
Conductors do not know how the oboe does its work, but they know what the oboe should contribute.