Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Finding fingerings to solve technical problems


The most complete repository of bassoon fingerings is here:

https://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/FINGHOME.htm

In particular, click on "Fingerings by note name (index)."

https://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/fingnote.htm 

While it's a little tricky to read, find the note you need from the list above the staff displaying the range that includes your note. Many fingerings suggested by a considerable variety of bassoonists, teachers, and professionals are given. Just try them out to find the fingering that works the best for you. Of course, I wouldn't follow this procedure for every note, just those that are causing trouble (usually depends on context).

If you would like a good basic fingering chart, try this one:

https://www.foxproducts.com/sites/www.foxproducts.com/files/LetsPlayBassoon.pdf

The fingering chart starts on page 14.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Brainerd MN Music Department website and resource

We were really impressed with the Brainerd MN Music Department website. Take a look at a very busy and thriving school music program! Of special interest is the resources page, which includes links to Embouchure Boot Camp by the Brainerd High School Director of Bands, Christopher Fogderud. There are Embouchure Boot Camps for all the band instruments. The Bassoon Embouchure Boot Camp doesn't appear to be just a transposed bass clef version of any of the other EBCs, either. Fogderud must know his instruments--the bassoon exercises are nicely bassoon-specific. The testimony of one of my experienced students is that the Bassoon EBC is terrific! Bravo!

Bassoon Master Class--EMU AIM 2017

Welcome to bassoon master class materials for AIM 2017 at Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Pierce's Bassoon Studio blog

https://www.smartmusic.com/

SmartMusic is a great tool for practicing. We use it as a "tuned metronome" accompaniment for performing in the studio. For a reasonable annual subscription rate, students have access to a wide variety of technical exercises, method books, solos, and large ensemble repertoire designed to make individual practice a "whole music" experience.

Dave's Reeds (good reeds for a fair price)

While most of the music we used in the master class is included in SmartMusic, here is some sheet music you might like to print and practice:

No longer in print, Let's Play the Bassoon by Hugo Fox is a terrific little guide to the bassoon. The included fingering chart is particularly useful.

For a more complete fingering chart, take a look at the IDRS Bassoon Family Fingering Companion.


Finding fingerings to solve technical problems

The most complete repository of bassoon fingerings is here: https://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/FINGHOME.htm In particular, click on...