Questions tagged [bassoon]

A bass non-transposing instrument of the oboe family with a double reed.

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What is the benefit of soaking double reeds in water?

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 this,...
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Bassoon vs tenor bassoon (tenoroon)

My 11 year old son wants to take up the tenor bassoon (also called a "tenoroon"). He's done a lot of research and watching YouTube, etc. I am trying to find the best one for him. Will he be ...
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Alternatives to Marching with Bassoon

Situation: I am currently a bassoon player, and I am in marching band. I have marched only once with the bassoon before, and I know that the bassoon is both unsafe and impractical for marching. After ...
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What is the convention for splitting 4 parts of the same instrument in a score?

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, ...
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Bassoon intonation problems on low notes

A professional bassoonist told me that I shouldn't write below a bassoon's low F because those low notes are too difficult to play in tune. However, the piece I'm writing is very much dependent on a ...
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Remote purchase of bassoon

If one can't get to the location of the bassoon is there a way to verify condition? For example are there photos I should request? Last played 7 years ago... If closest music repair location is ...
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Why doesn't the bassoon play any notes in the beginning of RV 484?

In Vivaldi's Concerto in E minor for Bassoon, RV 484, you can hear the violins introduce the theme, and then the bassoon enters to play solo. In every video I watch the procedure is the same: first ...
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Are Baroque Bassoons more difficult to play?

In an article introducing The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet, it mentions that The muffled, dark-sounding bassoon of the baroque era was so hard to play in tune that composers didn't write solos ...
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How to clean a neglected bassoon

I acquired a bassoon recently from my school. It appears the previous owner was less than routine with their cleaning of the instrument, and there is a (prepare yourself) thin layer of congealed ...
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What are some good tips for vibrato on a bassoon?

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?
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Bassoon naming convention

I've been playing the bassoon for just short of two years now and I've been wondering why the standard issue bassoon is called a 'C bassoon' or 'bassoon in C' when the instrument is pitched in F.
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How expensive is it to play bassoon in high school? [closed]

The student played bassoon in 5th grade and got a good start, then switched to saxophone, and progressed well. Now is thinking about switching back to bassoon. He borrowed a bassoon and practiced in ...