World-renowned oboist John Mack teaches the 12 Articulation Studies from Barret’s “Complete Oboe Method.” This complete master class transcript also features recordings and photos of John Mack and is an excellent educational resource for oboists of any level. Edited for clarity by Danna Sundet and Stefanie Cohn.
Communing with my teacher
The first thing John Mack said to me at CIM was, “Do you know what’s in here?” He was holding the Barret book. I replied, “Oh yes, I’ve done Barret”. He flipped to the first articulation study and proceeded to humble me mightily...
Listening to his playing and revisiting his pedagogy through this ebook has inspired and humbled me once again. You get to hear the variety of articulation and color, the exceptional care taken with every detail, the quality of his tone, and learn how a deceptively simple exercise can be a dynamic and wonderful piece of music with the right attention.
Delving into this ebook is like having a private lesson from John Mack. Having this direct access to his teaching and actually hearing him practice what he preaches is an essential rite for any aspiring oboist and an invaluable resource for teachers and life-long students. We are so lucky to have this part of his legacy preserved and available on a digital platform. I use it in my teaching and recommend to all.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra