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Keeping in Shape

Daily warm-ups to stay fit and healthy on the oboe

Who are these books for?

  • Aspiring students looking to bring more structure to their warm-ups and practice.

  • Intermediate to advanced adult learners struggling to find pedagogical books aimed at them.


Are these yet more study books?


Not at all!These are instead about those first moments we spend with the oboe each day. I have collected these exercises over the last decade from teachers, peers, visiting tutors and other wind players, and want to share them with others as they have hugely helped me to improve practice and technique.

Few people in the woodwind world speak about the importance of warming up before launching into studies and pieces. But we are like athletes; it is an assault on the lips, brain and fingers to go straight to your study books!

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Got all day to practice?


'Keeping in Shape' is for you eg. students at conservatoire level, professional oboists looking to reinvigorate their practice

30-60 minutes of embedding technique into the daily warm-up including in-depth exercises and advice on articulation, breathing, long notes, vibrato, scales, using studies etc.

Got less than an hour to practice?


'Keeping in Shape: Express' is designed especially for amateur enthusiasts and those squeezed for time. There's still always time for a warm-up!

10-minute compact warm-ups covering all keys and technical areas eg. articulation, breathing, scales, long notes etc.


—  Henry Clay, Principal Cor Anglais RSNO

"Keeping in Shape is a brilliant resource for oboists of any level! Amy's book means that I can keep my playing a bit more polished and on track."


Online Workshop 08.04.21

"Great course!

I was looking for a course to help learn techniques and tips to help me progress and this is exactly what was delivered in a fun and non-judgemental way.

Tried stuff I'd never done before."

"It met all my needs, especially how to tackle a study and how to approach warm-ups &exercises in a good order to get the most out of a practice hour."

"Lots of tips and techniques taught and a shared love amongst everyone in playing the oboe. Thank you!!"

Live instagram warm-ups Oct 20

Five 20-minute warm-ups walking through each section of the 'Keeping in Shape' book live on Instagram and posted later on Facebook. Still available if you want to check them out and play along with me!

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