Ministry to Double Reed Musicians



Oboe | English Horn | Bassoon | Contrabassoon | Tone and Musicality | Articulation | Fingerings | Vibrato | Intonation |
Writings about Oboe Literature | Writings about English Horn Music | Writings about Bassoon Literature | Technology | Early Tutors |

Teaching Videos: Oboe | Bassoon

Also see Performance for related teaching issues.


Introduction to Oboe. Paulu, Catherine and Shiltz, Grover. Let’s Play Oboe. South Whitley : Fox Products Corporation, 2002.

Teachers Guide to Oboe. Lehman, Paul R. Teacher’s Guide to the Oboe. Elkart: H. & A. Selmer, Inc. 1965.

"Effective Guidance for the Young Oboist." John Mack. The Journal of The International Double Reed Society, 2 (1974).

Oboe Clinic. White, Holly. “Oboe Clinic with Holly White.”

Tabuteau's Musical Concepts. Daniel Stolper, “A Conversation with Joseph Robinson,” The Double Reed, 4/1 (March 1981): 16-26.

"Toward a Smoother Technique on the Oboe." James E. Lakin. The Double Reed, 2/1.

Oboe Digital Professor. Videos by Mary Poling and Cynthia Watson.

More Videos for Beginning Oboists and Teachers

English Horn

Introduction to English Horn. Shiltz, Grover. Let’s Play English Horn. South Whitley : Fox Products Corporation, 2000.


Play Along! A website of materials for online duet and trio practice. 

Bassoon Digital Professor The Bassoon Digital Professor contains over 400 videos in six languages,
many devoted to instruction on the bassoon.

See the website for an partial listing of topics.

Introduction to Bassoon. Fox, Hugo. “Let’s Play Bassoon.” South Whitley : Fox Products Corporation, 2000.

Beginning Bassoonist. Terry B. Ewell, "Teaching the Beginning Bassoonist," The Double Reed 23/2 (2000): 35-43.

Beginning Bassoonist. Polk, Janet. “Starting a Student on Bassoon.”

Young Bassoonist. Renee Dee, “Nurturing the Young Bassoonist: A Holistic approach,” The Double Reed 24/4 (2001): 113-123. An excellent discussion of teaching younger double reed players.

Intermediate Bassoonist. Polk, Janet. “The Intermediate Bassoonist: Clinic with Janet Polk.” (not available)

A thoughtful approach to bassoon playing: Douglas E. Kehlenbrink. The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, 15 (1987)

"An Approach to the Bassoon and Its Literature" by Alan Leech. The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, 14 (1986).

Tabuteau's Concepts Applied to Bassoon. "A Bassoonist's Expansions upon Marcel Tabuteau's 'Drive.'" Terry B. Ewell. The Journal of the International Double Reed Society 20 (July 1992): 27-30.

Highly recommended: Kristen Wolfe Jensen's website for beginning bassoonists. This site contains lesson materials and videos.

Videos for Teachers and Beginning Bassoonists. By Terry B. Ewell, Bassoon Digital Professor.


Contrabassoon Performance. "Cornelia A. Biggers Tampa, CONTRA-BASSOON PERFORMANCE." To the World's Bassoonists, 2/3.

"Contrabassoon? Let's Get to the Bottom of This." Richard E. Plaster. The Journal of The International Double Reed Society, 3 (1975).

"Contrabassoon Technique." Michel Jolivet. The Double Reed, 10/3.

Tone and Musicality

Broken Link (please forward new link): Moyse's "Tone Development" Sound Files. An extremely useful collection of historic opera excerpt recordings to accompany the exercises in Moyse's book. Project conceived and constructed by Joe Manuppello with assistance from Richard Volet and Ruth Ann McClain.

Articulation on the Bassoon. Terry B. Ewell, "Articulation on the Bassoon: Should the Jaw Move? " The Double Reed 17/3 (Winter 1994): 83-85.

Articulation videos by Terry B. Ewell, Bassoon Digital Professor.

"Double Tonguing: a Guide for Initial and Continuing Study." George Adams. The Double Reed, 8/2.

"Musical Musings: Tonguing Techniques." Terry B. Ewell. The Double Reed 26/2 (2003): 107.

"The art of double tonguing on reed instruments." Frederick W. Moritz. Journal of the International Double Reed Society, 11 (1983).


A Cinefluorographic Pilot Study of the Throat While Vibrato Tones Are Played On Flute & Oboe by Andrew F. D. Brown

Oboe Vibrato by Martin Schuring, Arizona State University

Bassoon Vibrato. Kahane, J. C.; Beckford, N. S.; Chorna, L. B.; Teachey, J. C.; and McClelland, D. K. “Videofluoroscopic and Laryngoscopic Evaluation of the Upper Airway and Larynx of Professional Bassoon Players.” Journal of Voice 20/2 (2006): 297-307.

Vibrato as a Concept in Woodwind Performance, Part II - Lawrence Singer. The Double Reed, 23/3.

The Problems of Playing the Bassoon -- Applying the Vibrato: Ottó Oroszegi. The Journal of The International Double Reed Society Number, 3 (1975).


How to Improve Your Tuning on the Bassoon: Gerald E. Corey. Journal of the International Double Reed Society, 8 (1980).

Keyboard Technology for Double Reed Instruction. Terry B. Ewell, "Keyboard Technology in the Double Reed Studio," The Double Reed, Journal Issue 22/2 (1999): 57-61.

Early Tutors

"Fundamentals of bassoon playing as described in late eighteenth-century tutors." H. Gene Griswold. The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, 13 (1985).

Artwork and Graphics by Terry B. Ewell

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