10/25/2013

Choosing the Right Oboe: Best Oboe Brands

Choosing your oboe is a very personal experience with many things to consider along the way. The material from which the oboe is made, the age of the instrument, its mechanical condition, your playing environment, frequency of use, price, resale value, your level of accomplishment just to name a few! While selecting an oboe may […]

08/15/2013

The problem with metronomes…

There’s at least a dozen jokes about metronomes, but they can be one of the most helpful tools for a musician to play with technical and rhythmical accuracy. There’s more to using a metronome than just setting the metronome to performance tempo and attempting to keep up. Here are some strategies for using  metronome more […]

07/31/2013

Back-to-School Audition Prep

For many of our customers the beginning of the school year means audition season, for high school band chair placement, or screened auditions for the college orchestra. Besides making sure you get your instrument out to practice the audition material, here are some things you can do to make sure you perform your best at […]

05/17/2013

Oboe Reeds – Selecting the Reed that’s Best for You

At the heart of any successful lesson, rehearsal, or concert is a good oboe reed, and no one understands this better than our oboe department.  Jeff and Steven are always on the look out for high quality, consistent reed-makers to supply a diverse selection of professional quality reeds.  We certainly understand the frustrations of searching […]

04/29/2013

Oboe Embouchure Tips

Oboe embouchure can be a tricky subject to discuss. There are many different schools of thought, and most players are highly opinionated on the subject.  However, a fundamental oboe embouchure does not have to be complicated.  Here is a simple method for forming an embouchure appropriate for American oboe playing.  A mirror is quite handy […]

03/22/2013

Diagnosing Common Oboe Reed Problems

An oboe reed can make or break an oboe’s usability and sound. A good reed is responsive, balanced, and stable. But too often, reeds are too thick, too long, too open, too closed, too sharp — you name a problem, and it’s a possibility for an oboe reed. So how do you determine the right […]

Oboe Reed Adjustment Basics

As oboists, reeds are either our best friends or our mortal (or not so mortal) enemies.  They can make or break our practice sessions, performances, and auditions.  They can be as fickle as the wind or the weather and can quickly become the bane of our existence.  All this being said, reeds are the equivalent […]

02/27/2013

English Horn Bocals – A Basic Guide

An important part of any successful English horn performance is not just having a great reed, but also the right bocal.  Just like with bassoons, finding a good match for your English horn or oboe d’Amore is a process that takes some time and effort, and there are a lot of questions that come up […]

12/19/2012

Tube Cane Guide

The foundation of any great reed is the quality of its parts, most importantly the cane used.  One of the most frequently asked questions the oboe staff gets at MMI is ‘What kind of tube cane is really good right now?’  While every oboist looks for different characteristics in their cane, this guide will serve […]

11/16/2012

Humidification of Woodwinds In Dry Weather

With winter months upon us, a concern with many woodwind players is keeping their instrument properly maintained in dry weather. This is especially important for wood oboes, the instrument most prone to cracking in extreme conditions. Clarinets are less prone to cracking, and bassoons almost never do, and plastic instrument will never crack due to […]

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