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Starting from middle price level, the mechanics of a bassoon is silver-plated. Two issues I know for sure: for a general maintainance (for non-professional use required maybe all 8 years) all metal is removed from the instrument to receive a new silver-plating to judge from the amount of darkening which can be removed with a silver-polishing cloth I would ...


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Could you use clear nail varnish so your skin doesn't touch metal? This is common practice for brass players who would otherwise have an adverse reaction to their mouthpiece. I also did a web search for bassoons and some of the non-student models do feature silver-plated keys. Looks like only the cheaper (no such thing as a cheap bassoon!) models feature ...


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I suggest you consider articulation in general. How do you want your piece to sound? To give you an idea, I also suggest you look at some examples with score. Poulenc's Sonata for flute and piano (example with score) lets you see tonguing, slurring and also double tonguing. You can see that, in this piece, slurred passages are melancholic, calming, smooth. ...


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In concert band, we were all taught to tongue all notes not connected by slurs and play all notes under the same slur between two tonguings. This tip applied regardless of wind instrument - including flute. The composer is therefore expected to know where to put the slurs. My personal rule of thumb, as someone who played clarinet but never flute, is to put ...


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The beginning of a slur will have a different 'attack' from a note anywhere else in that slur. It's, as you say, the tonguing of that note. The others are simply blown, in the same breath, so there's no attack apeart from the start note. Often, the music itself will tell the player how to slur, but that's maybe a different interpretation from that of the ...


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Playing a group of notes with or without a slur will sound different. Hopefully, the composer should know how he/she wants the flute part to sound like and put the slurs accordingly.


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