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A slender woodwind instrument with a double reed

The oboe is a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family. It is a descendant of the shawm.
Because most of the sound quality comes from the reed, and how it is adjusted in the mouth, the oboe is more difficult to play and produce a good tone compared to woodwind instruments such as the flute or clarinet. Beginners often produce a nasal, often out-of-tune, and strident tone that is difficult to blend with other instruments, but an advanced oboist can produce a rich, warm, and beautiful tone.
In comparison to other modern woodwind instruments, the oboe has a very clear and somewhat piercing tone. Its uniquely penetrating timbre gives it the ability to cut through and be audible over other instruments in large ensembles, making it easy to tune to. Orchestras usually set the pitch by listening to the oboe playing concert A. Setting the pitch of the oboe is achieved by changing the position of the reed in the instrument, or by permanently altering the scrape of the reed itself. Subtle changes in pitch are also possible by adjusting how tight it is held between the lips.
Learning the oboe is something best done by a teacher, not just by learning from a book. A the best book made can't hear the tone you make and give suggestions. A teacher who knows how to play an oboe can tell you how to hold the reed, how tight to hold it, how far to push it in, etc.
An oboe is an expensive instrument, so renting one would be a good idea if you're just starting. Wait a while to see if you want to keep with it. A new oboe can range into the thousands. A used oboe, although not as good, is most likely to be +$500. That is just buying the actual instrument- the reeds, unless you make them yourself, are about $10 per, and if you are just starting you will most likely break many reeds.
Although it may sound discouraging, if you suceed, through all the hard challenges, you may end up being one of the few oboe players in the world (compare to the number of flute and truympet players). Most orchestras only have one ore two oboes. Practice Hard!

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