Forming the embouchure is one of the most important parts about playing any instrument. The embouchure is the way you apply your mouth to the embouchure hole in order to play the oboe. Without a proper embouchure, you will not be able to produce good sounds on your instrument.
- Open the jaw as far as possible and say the word "home". This should create an opening without any tension.
- Place the tip of the reed on the center of the bottom lip.
- Use the reed to roll the bottom lip in over the bottom teeth.
- Cover the upper teeth with the upper lip and lightly form a seal around the reed.
- Open the mouth to breath letting your embouchure go.
- Reseal the embouchure around the reed and blow a fast stream of air.
*If you do not want to risk breaking a reed, use your pointer finger instead.
Next, we will create our first sounds on our reed. If you need help with your reed, don't worry, you can always go back.