Flute The biggest difference between the flute and the oboe is that with the flute, air is blown over a tone hole to create sound vibrations. With the oboe, air is blown into a reed. The reed is the source of sound vibrations for the oboe. A flute player will have to get used to having the reed inside of their mouth and having vibrations created there instead of outside of their mouth through the flute tone hole.

    Also, while there are many different styles of flute embouchure, typically an oboe player uses only one embouchure. Two of the most common flute embouchures include the “frown” and the “smile” embouchures. Most flute teachers would tell you that your lips should be loose. In comparison, the oboe embouchure is neither a frown nor a smile embouchure. A flute player beginning oboe needs to be careful not to carry either the frown or smile muscle formations over to the oboe. Both are too wide for the oboe embouchure and take the corners of the lips and face muscles away from the central focus of the oboe embouchure. Holding the reed almost like a whistle, but without too much pressure on the reed. It is important to be aware that flute embouchures encourage loose corners while the oboe embouchure encourages tight corners. A flute player would need to focus on bringing their embouchure to the center of the mouth and building up the corners of their lips to form a tight and more muscular embouchure for the oboe.