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Simple Strategies for a Better Bassoon Section – TMEA 2013
Thanks to all who attended my TMEA clinic! Here is some supplemental information for you. Happy bassooning!
Click on the links below to access the appropriate PDF.
Technique Chart – Use this chart every day to keep track of your highest five-note segment tempos.
Herzberg Long Tones – These long tone exercises are excellent for practicing soft entrances and developing dynamic range. Several of you had questions about controlling loud and soft dynamics, as well as tapering notes. These are the exercises I would most recommend for work on those things. When in a time crunch, use exercises #1, #3, and #4.
Many of you asked what reeds I would recommend. If you don't have access to a professional bassoonist who can make reeds for you, I recommend the Brundage reed from Singin' Dog Double Reed Supplies
If it is too hard (takes too much air to vibrate), just lightly squeeze down on the first wire after the reed is soaked. It will make the reed less resistant. There are lots of good reeds out there worth trying, but I've had good luck with these!
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