My bassoon teacher advises me to soak my reed in water before playing. Apparently water has properties that my saliva alone doesn't. Why would this be useful? Also I have seen Oboe players doing ...
I'm orchestrating a piece and distributing a chord among 4 bassoons. If I were writing the French Horn part, I'd know one of the common practices would be to have two staves: one for Horns 1 and 3, ...
I understand it requires control of the diaphragm and air pressure, but how does one modulate it and are there any good exercises for training vibrato on a bassoon?