Dr Downing's

Oboe Technique Doctor

Do you get oboe fingering problems?

Do you have a good oboe embouchure?

Let us help you to cure them.

Sandra Downing's Oboe technique doctor can be used alongside any tutor book.  Oboe tutor books only teach music.  They don't show you how to play your oboe properly.  If they do try, many of them get the basics completely wrong. 

Above all, Oboe tutor books NEVER tell you what to do when things do go wrong .

The Oboe Technique Doctor does.  

We show you how to hold and play your oboe effortlessly and correctly.  

Oboe technique - hand positionClick on the picture

No matter whether you are a beginner or an old hand, we cover basics from developing a good Oboe embouchure from the first sound to playing top notes.  Low notes, middle notes, high notes with great tone and easily.

All this in a handy pocket size book.

Do you recognise any of these problems?

1. I can't get any notes below G in the bottom register.

2. My sound is very thin and weedy, particularly in the middle and upper registers. My family says I sound like a mouse in a match-box.

3. My sound is very loud and raucous, particularly when I have been playing for a while and I'm always being told that I play flat.

4. I can't get the sound to start exactly when I want it to. I am always two or three beats late in the orchestra.

5. I keep getting high squeaks when I am playing, particularly when I am playing solo. It is very embarrassing.

6. My right thumb and lower arm hurt after playing for a short while.

7. I get out of breath and out of time when playing staccato passages.

8. I cannot play scales evenly - there are often extra little notes in between.

9. I have difficulty reaching the alternative E flat key.

Oboe fingering technique problem.Click on the picture

10. I can't play wide intervals downwards - the notes just jump up the octave. If I try wide intervals upwards, the note stays low.

We explain fully and clearly and simply, without meaningles jargon, how to form and develop a good oboe embouchure; how to do legato and staccato tonguing; selecting a reed.

Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, you will find the book a great help in getting you playing better.

The author, Dr Sandra Downing and editor Peter Moore have both been victims of poor teaching and understand fully the problems of overcoming faults.

Follow their advice and you will ENJOY your playing a lot more.

What customers say:

"I have read the Oboe Technique Doctor with great interest; I only wish a publication like that had been available when I was playing and teaching the oboe some years ago; I'm sure it would have been a great help in reinforcing my own teaching on my unsuspecting students.

May I be bold enough to add one point which I think might be considered for these unisex days one never knows! I have found that lipstick is one of the worst destroyers of a reed, and it's really better if it's not applied before playing, or at the very least, well removed. I hope you don't mind my mentioning that.

Very best wishes,

Jenny Hutchinson


Oboe Technique Doctor - improve your playing.

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See our Professional Oboe Fingering Charts.


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