Oboemotions - Book

What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know about the Body

Stephen Caplan

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Item #: G-7367     Status: Available

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Series: Body Mapping


Stephen Caplan has written a definitive manual that is "part method book, picture book, anatomy book, and practice handbook"...There is so much enlightening information presented in this volume. I recommend it as a "must read" for the serious student and professional oboist.
–from review by Robert Krause
The Double Reed
Indispensable reading for the serious student.
–Dan Stolper, Instructor of Oboe
Interlochen Center for the Arts
The whole volume is imbued with sound practical help written with the knowledge gained from years of experience teaching and playing the oboe...The style of writing is very approachable...there are lots of helpful tips for playing awkward passages and imaginative teaching aids to overcome the common problems we all face as oboists. So, heartily recommended!
–from review by Geoffrey Bridge
Double Reed News 89 | Winter 2009

Oboemotions is the definitive volume on using Body Mapping technique to help oboists and other double-reed players prevent injury and develop the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery.

Part method book, picture book, anatomy book, and practice handbook, the purpose of Oboemotions is to place the musical and technical study of the oboe within the context of a precise understanding of the human body. It provides very specific details related to playing techniques used for all the instruments of the oboe family: cor anglais, oboe d’amore, musette, bass oboe, and heckelphone as well as various historical and ethnic relations.

Oboemotions is both practical and fun to read, with case studies, agenda helpers, personal illustrations by the author, and Body Mapping practice sessions interspersed with detailed how-to material.

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.


Watch a video that busts the myth that oboe players should move as little as possible.


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.


Categories: Band/Orchestra, Band/Orchestra Curriculum, Pedagogy

Scored for: Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 168

Language: English

Format: Book

Discipline: Band, Orchestra