We've covered lots of pedagogical topics so far, but now comes the really, really, big one. Probably the most important aspect of playing the oboe:
For the first steps, we aren't going to use the oboe at all. Stick with me here! By now I hope we've developed some trust, so we will get to the oboe eventually. :)
Your first assignment is to sing. REALLY sing! Full-throated, uninhibited, vibrato-laden, over-the-top, FUN singing. Be that person singing at the top of their lungs in the car next to you. Or maybe you'll find your perfect resonance in the shower, or if available, go out to the woods/remote area near you and really belt out some great tunes.
For practice, here's are some folks you can sing with. I think they're pretty good. I've included both Youtube clips and Spotify recordings.
or even this for those wanting to be in the holiday mood:
Hopefully one of these will suit your tastes. Sing along, but REALLY SING. Lots of air!! Less tension! Produce the biggest sound you can!! Practice this over, and over, and over, and over, then we'll be in touch soon with another assignment.
Until next time, I wish you blissful singing!
Oboe and out,