Oboe/Oboe/English Horn

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Hi,

I have played the bassoon in band for about five years now. Next year, I have to drop out because of my academic schedule, so I was interested in taking on a new instrument in my free time. I have really been considering the English Horn. I have looked into information on it, and found that most players start on the oboe. I unfortunately have never touched an oboe in my life. I would like to think that I am fairly adept at picking up instruments, as I play the piano and bass guitar (and played the clarinet before I switched to bassoon), but I am not familiar with either of the higher-register double-reed instruments. Would I be able to learn how to play the English Horn without becoming an oboist first?

Thank you.

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Wyatt, thank you for your note. Yes, you should be fine learning the EH first. The embouchure is similar and the fingerings are the same (in the third register of EH you may require some alternate fingerings).  With EH however, the investment is considerably more to attain an entry level instrument than with oboe.  You will benefit from professionally made reeds, a quality instrument, and a private tutor to insure your skills are accurately learned the first time.  Best regards, hannah

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Hannah Selznick

Expertise

I have the expertise to answer questions about all brands and models of oboes and English Horns. I will assist in providing information about the process of purchasing and selling an instrument. I know reputable oboe specialist repairmen to recommend. I give guidance on oboe and English Horn reeds. I offer guidance on maintenance and handling of oboes and English Horns and help owners troubleshoot instrument issues.

Experience

I have been an instructor of oboe and instrumental music for almost 40 years. I have taught all grade levels from preschool music to college oboe (double reed specialist)instruction. I perform with a professional symphony in the Phoenix area. I also have an active teaching studio. I love what I do, especially in regards to educating future generations of musicians.

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International Double Reed Society

Education/Credentials
BS.ED (Music) University of Missouri MM in Oboe Performance University of Tulsa Post Graduate Work in Oboe at Catholic University of America

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Who's Who in America

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I have public and private educational institutions as clients; as well as a national referral base of studio teachers and oboe instructors.

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