The oboe is an instrument that could be described as a cross between a flute and a clarinet: The fingerings are very similar to that of a flute, but they they use reeds and have alternate fingerings. The sound of an oboe, especially of that of a beginner or when using a new reed, can be described as a 'dying duck' but with practice and a good, slightly older reed, the sound can be greatly improved.
To The BeginnerEdit
If you are a beginner, yes the oboe is one of the hardest instruments to master. But, there are several different things that make it only as hard to master as any other instrument: It is hard to get good tone at first, seing as there are several different ways you can make your mouth, but by tuning to an instrument that has more of a fixed sound, this can be fixed. However, just for the sake of it, most philharmonic orchestras tune to the oboe's 'A'. Another thing about oboe is that there are two alternate fingerings (for those of you who know a bit about music, an oboe has an E flat and F alternate), although by just learning to use both fluently can fix that problem. Make sure that you soak your reed in water; soaking it in your mouth will make it wear much faster, and oboe reeds should last a long time, not to mention how much they cost. One oboe reed can cost up to $15. Also, about every three times you take your instrument out, you may want to use cork grease. It's not necessarily a mandatory thing, but it definately helps put it together.
True or FalseEdit
Oboe is one of the hardest instruments to learn: False. It is hard for the beginner who knows nothing of any music, but if you have even a little music expierence, then you'll find only mastering it hard.