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Technical Basics of Oboe Playing, junior - OB METHOD

Composer: Mendel, Andreas

Publisher: Konikos

Edition: 70319


The Technical Basics of Oboe Playing, junior edition:

Scales for the Oboe, Exercises for a clean and controlled response, Staccato, Arpeggios, An essay on Vibrato

The Junior Edition is a collection of tried and tested exercises, which will enable you to acquire an effective and comprehensive technique. It is adressed to a younger audience.


1. Warm-up
           Embouchure exercises (reed only)
           Slow scales
           Fifths and fourths
2. Exercise for sound and legato (by Albrecht Mayer)
3. Transition over the break
4. Exercises in different keys – MAJOR (up to 3# and 3b)
           1. Scale, basic pattern, possible variations,
               Triplet scale, 5-note scale, scale with auxiliary note
           2. Chromatic scale
           3. Thirds
           4. Staccato
           5. Arpeggios
5. Exercises in different keys – MINOR (up to 3# and 3b)
           1.1. & 1.2. harmonic minor
           1.3. melodic minor
           1.4. natural minor 

Since some instruments do not extend to low B or B flat, the exercises begin on low C (c‘). The highest note is generally top C (c‘‘‘), although some exercises extend to top E flat (E flat‘‘‘).

from Bert Lucarelli: 

"There are specifically two aspects of the book that I enjoy.
The first is the methodical way you order the exercises and
the other is the text in which you give some very good advice and
suggestions as to how to work these exercises.
It is a book that not only confronts the issue of digital facility but is a book

offering exercises that help with developing ones own musical voice.

Congratulations on writing a book that will help many oboe players."

Humbert Lucarelli

Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music
New York University, Steinhardt School
The Yale School of Music, Visiting Lecturer,
City University of New York, Graduate Center
The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Professor Emeritus
The Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase (1980 to 2012)