Breathing and Air

The oboe is a woodwind instrument; this means that our wooden instrument needs WIND, or air, to create the sound. How deeply we breathe, to how we expel that air, to our ability to control our air support, greatly affects our tone production. We must learn to breathe deeply, and then how to expel that air in a fast, concentrated air stream to produce a strong, vibrant tone on the oboe. The exercises in these videos will help you understand and master all of these steps. These videos can also help any young woodwind or brass player learn to breathe more deeply.