Oboemotions: What every oboe player needs to know about the body by Stephen Caplan

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Playing the oboe can make you healthier!


Instead of the oboe being the “ill wind that nobody blows good,” the oboe can become the “good wind that doesn’t make anybody ill.”

Oboemotions: What every oboe player needs to know about the body by Stephen Caplan

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Oboemotions uses Body Mapping to improve practice and performance. Body Mapping proves that knowledge IS power--an accurate understanding of body, mind and movement will significantly improve one’s performance, and help avoid or overcome injury. This book is guided by the concept that the motions of oboe playing are just as important as the emotions of playing. In fact, developing an accurate understanding of the motions involved in performance will enable one to more clearly communicate the emotional range of the music.

"A definitive manual...enjoyable to read. There is so much enlightening information presented in this volume. I recommend it as a “must read” for the serious student and professional oboist. Even though it is intended mainly for oboe players, I also think that other musicians will find this book very useful, particularly other wind players."Robert Krause, The Double Reed

Contents include chapters on:

Inclusive Awareness, Air, Balance, The Tongue, Fingers, Vibrato, Thumb Rests, and Neck Straps, Reed-making, Embouchure, Performance Anxiety.

In addition, an extensive appendix on coaching constructive rest provides day-to-day instruction on this important technique.

Stephen Caplan is Professor of Oboe at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and serves as Principal Oboist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He is a certified Andover Educator after extensive private study with Barbara Conable, creator of Body Mapping.

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