Introduction to the Bassoon by hcj


									Introduction to the Bassoon
Bassoon Fundamentals
    Assembly

    Holding and Posture

    The bocal

    The reed

    Embouchure

    Phonation

    Whom to pick?

    Special bassoon skills
   Boot-

   Long joint

   Tenor joint

   Bell

   Bocal

   Seat strap OR harness (only when standing)
    Holding the Bassoon
   Comes across the body

   Body should not be twisted towards the bassoon

   Bring the bassoon to you, not the other way around.
                                The bocal
   Each bassoon wants its own bocal. You can’t just
    order one.

   Critical part of the instrument-they cost several
    hundred dollars each.

   Often the one that comes with is not the best one.

   Most bassoonists trade them around.

   Longer ones are better than shorter.

   Carry them in the wing hole when transporting.
                                 The reed
   Best place to get them around here: Miller Marketing
    Co. ( ) Student
    ones are very good.

   Reeds do not come ready to play—ever. They need to
    be adjusted. Sandpapering will often take care of

   Reed storage—get a large Altoids box. Empty, poke
    holes in it for ventilation. Line with Kleenex. Do
    NOT use the plastic tubes to store reeds.
The reed & phonation,
    Good crow sound is near E-F.

    Embouchure is modified overbite.

    Use the pucker muscles, not smile muscles. Most
     adjusting comes from the breath, not lips.

    Do not bite.

    The bassoon is out of tune on every note. Use the
     breath to help get it in tune.
                  Whom to pick?
   Students with very good ears. If they are not sensitive
    to pitch, they should not play this instrument.

   Best students to transfer are those who do NOT play
    instruments with exceptionally rigid embouchures
    (like clarinet). Saxes can transfer much easily, as can
    some of the brass instruments ( I have found that,
    personally, higher brass transfers better—but this also
    depends upon how long the student has played).
               Special Bassoon
   Half-holing

   Flicking
What to watch out for
   Some of the classroom methods books do not have
    the best fingerings. The best thing to do is to find full
    and appropriate fingerings from the beginning, even
    though they are more complex. Most of the quickie
    fingerings in the method books are actually trill
   IDRS: International Double Reed Society: ( )

   My bassoon webpage links

   There are many available online—just search for
    what you need.

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