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 starting an adult
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2017-06-24 18:18

Those of you who teach, if you start an adult who is already a competent musician but who wants to learn oboe, what method would you use? Since they need to learn only the physical aspects of playing? Would you take a standard method for kids and just go through it as quickly as is physically feasible for them, or would you do something different?

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 Re: starting an adult
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2017-06-24 21:04

I would think that it would depend on what other instrumental experience they have. Someone who has played saxophone would be a wholly different thing than someone coming from piano, which in turn would be a whole different thing from someone coming from singing, which in turn would be a whole different thing from someone coming from cello.....


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 Re: starting an adult
Author: SarahC 
Date:   2017-06-25 01:23

Well.. I learned over the last six months as an adult.

I used the method book by roger page. Obvioualy i was able to work through it faster than a child.

Another course i think is very useful is peter wastall "learn as u play oboe", and then that is followed by oboe "grade by grqde". After grade five of that, i worked throufh hinke studies, ferling. Then i did the grade eight exam. (abrsm)

That was me.

As a general rule when i teach an adult learner i do use the same materials as i use with a child except in a slightpy different order.

Although with someome who can already play an instrument... In a way, all they need is a fingering chary, some well chosen repertoire,

In my other instruments, i give an adult beginner the suzuki book one for repertoire and technique study, and then a book which has a clear fingering chart. And instructions re breathing and placement of instrunebt in the mouth, posture etc.

Oboe is not particularly resource rich compared to some of my other instruments. I plan to write a suzuki style book for oboe if at any time in the future i get asked to teach oboe.

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 Re: starting an adult
Author: oboist2 
Date:   2017-06-25 03:04

Basically all my students, both adult beginner and younger students I start pretty much the same way. A Tune a Day ( yes, I know) is a good book to start and the little duets are useful too - Basically a student spends very little time on that, and I do this in conjunction with long notes and scales. I then introduce Hinke Elementary Method. Real junior beginners then go onto books like 'THe young Oboist" books 1-2-3 for easy graded pieces, and then I suggests the adult beginners to get Whitney Tustin's excellent compilation " Solos for the Oboe Player" as there is some great material in there, and most of my adult students have enjoyed their lessons and produce a pleasing tone. Of course there are no hard and fast rules, but long notes and scales are something that all students are made to work on as a basis. What I do give them from this, really depends on their age, musical background, the sort of music they are interested in...and what I think at the time is going to assist their musical journey.

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 Re: starting an adult
Author: tgenns 
Date:   2017-06-25 07:45

Any new student of the oboe who already has some musical background, I start out in the Gekeler Method for Oboe Book 1. I do this regardless of their age. From there I take them to The Barret Method for Oboe and supplement this with scales and long tones. I also add in at this time the Jay Arnold Oboe Solos book. This will keep them and you busy for years!

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 Re: starting an adult
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2017-06-25 08:35

Thanks for all the info.

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