How to Play Low C on the Oboe

Playing lowing C on the oboe requires knowledge of the proper fingerings and how to create an appropriate embouchure. Once you understand the basic hand position and technique for playing the oboe, you must then concentrate on sound production. Oboe requires a tremendous amount of air and skill to prevent the instrument from squeaking.

Step 1 Set the proper hand position. The left hand covers the first three keys on the upper joint of the oboe, with the inside of the first finger on the first key and the thumb supporting the oboe from the bottom. The right hand covers the first three keys on the lower joint, with the thumb curving around the instrument. The pinky plays the extension keys on both the left and right hands.

Step 2 Press down the first three main keys using your index, middle and ring fingers of your left hand.

Step 3 Depress the first three main keys of the right hand, using the index, middle and ring fingers.

Step 4 Hold down the first extension key on the right hand. There are a total of three small extension keys. The first one is the closet to the front of the instrument.

Step 5 Create a tight embouchure by keeping your cheeks tightly braced against the sides of your teeth. The oboe reed should be placed inside the mouth just behind the teeth, and the lips should be rolled back slightly over the teeth to create strong tension on the oboe.

Step 6 Blow through the oboe and play low C in a controlled but forceful manner that keeps the air speed constant.


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