Here is a quick summary for venting on bassoon. You can use the d key as a “universal” vent key for all of the vented pitches (top line a, b-flat, b, c, and d). For the best pitch results, use specific vent keys (the a key for a, c key for b-flat, b, and c; and the d key for d). When first learning to use the vent keys, hold the appropriate key down for the duration of the note. And, for staccato attacks, hold the vent key down. You can learn to “flick” the vent key (touch it lightly so that it opens briefly right at the beginning of the sound) for most beautiful results.


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