What’s the best way to start learning to play the oboe?

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I’m really passionate about learning to play, as I think that the oboe is such a beautiful instrument that I would really love to be able to play. I can read music and can play bass guitar, ukulele, clarinet and of course recorder (descant and treble). I have had music lessons in the past when starting to play instruments, however I now do not have any contacts regarding lessons. I am also aware that oboes are rather expensive. Should I buy one and have lessons or hire one somehow? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.


  1. Peachy Perfect says:

    If you are still in school, you should be able to rent an oboe from the band department… usually they will have a few for students to use if they need it. Band teachers are usually also able to set you up with private lesson teachers for each instrument, and may even be willing to set you up even if you don’t attend their school. Depending on the size of your band, though, it’s possible that they won’t have set up any oboe lesson teachers. In that case, call around to music stores in your area and ask if they have any good contacts for teachers for oboe, or at least know anyone that you could call. Sometimes people at music stores give private lessons, and/or are connected with others in the music industry who give lessons.

    Yes, oboes are very expensive. I bought mine well-used and it cost me $ 2000. Of course, there are instruments that are much more expensive, but still, $ 2000 is a LOT of money. I would advise not buying one until you have been playing for at least 5 years or so and you KNOW you will want to stick with it long term. If you buy one, buy it used. Oboes actually sound better as they get older, unlike some other instruments.

  2. PerfectPitchQuestion says:

    High School Band

  3. Theater Dork says:

    The OBOE is considered the hardest instrument to learn how to play because in order to PLAY the OBOE you have to be able to READ THE FINGER CHART and to read the finger chart.. you have to be able to PLAY THE OBOE.. so it’s sort of a catch 22 situation.