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Learning any double reed woodwind instrument takes practice and dedication, but you can speed up the early stages of playing by owning a reasonable collection of method and instruction books. Arguably, one of the most challenging double reed woodwinds to learn is the oboe, and thankfully, companies like KJOS, Hal Leonard, Alfred and many others publish oboe method and instruction books for every skill level. Whether you're already into your 2nd or 3rd year of playing the oboe or only recently picked up the instrument, the oboe method and instruction book for you is waiting in this section.

In order to play like the masters, you need to know the basics first - that can be said for any musical instrument. With that in mind, there are plenty of method and instruction books made specifically for aspiring oboists, and the Hal Leonard Essential Elements Oboe (Book 1 with EEi) is ideal for any beginner. Featuring familiar songs and specially designed exercises that were arranged for the classroom, this book provides students and teachers with a wealth of materials.

Another book that deserves a closer look is the top-selling Alfred Accent on Achievement Book 2 Oboe Book & CD. Boasting the most complete collection of classics in any band method along with a slew of rhythm and rest exercises, chorales, scale exercises and 11 full arrangements, this colorful band method will have anyone excited about playing the oboe. For those who already have a firm grasp on their instrument, turn your attention to the KJOS Tradition of Excellence: Technique and Musicianship Oboe. This book is designed for musicians who finished their second year in any method and is loaded with scales, thirds, arpeggios and melodious etudes.

When you consider that the oboe has an origin that dates back to the mid-17th century, it's no surprise that a great deal of music has been composed for the instrument. Many sonatas and concertos were written for the oboe during the Baroque period, and later classical works from the likes of Mozart and Dittersdorf continued to keep the oboe in the limelight. In other words, there's a wide range of oboe method and instruction books out there to make your oboe journey more enjoyable, and you don't have to look any further than this catalog for proof.