Author Archives: Dr. Pierce

New Bassoon Clinic blog

For EMU AIM 2017, I’ve started a “Bassoon Clinic” blog. I hope to review and share good bassoon clinic materials, websites, and the like. See you there! Advertisements

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New reed–is it a fail?

Just made a very nice reed. Cane looks and feels spectacular, the sound tapers beautifully, the tone is . . . dead!?! How can it feel so right, but sound so wrong? Then, I looked inside the tube. AHA! Those … Continue reading

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Why I am a better bassoon professor today than I was when I started 35 years ago

I think it seems logical to say that 35 years of experience counts for something. And, it’s true that one of the big reasons that I’m a better bassoon teacher today than I was when I began teaching over three … Continue reading

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Cork grease

I’ve tested a number of different cork grease formulations in the past few years. Only recently I decided to try lanolin cork grease and the results have been amazing. I thoroughly cleaned the cork tenons and sparingly applied some Pro … Continue reading

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My Journey Back to College as an Adult Bassoonist – by Rebecca Koffman (guest blogger)

(I asked Rebecca to write a memoir of sorts–to tell her story about the music in her life. I think her perspective is genuinely inspiring!–ed.) Two years ago, I was asked a very profound question: “What do you most regret … Continue reading

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How to practice effectively

News about effective practicing based on research by Annie Bosler & Don Greene. The link is to a TED ED video that is very compelling. I think the explanation of the biology of how the brain and the nervous system … Continue reading

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Medir bassoon cane

Several years ago I bought six dulcian reeds direct from Medir in Catalonia (Spain). The reeds were so good that since then I’ve been meaning to try some of the modern bassoon cane. Finally took the plunge! I’m play testing … Continue reading

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Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp 2017

News about the GLICKMAN-POPKIN BASSOON CAMP – 40th YEAR! 10 Days at Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina Monday, May 29 to Thursday, June 8, 2017 Register here:                         … Continue reading

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Looking sharp in the upper register

Playing scale patterns in sharp keys can be challenging, especially in the upper register. In A major, the following fingering pattern emerges: Notice the right-hand cross fingering between e, f-sharp, and g, and the left-hand cross fingering between e and … Continue reading

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Personal etude

We’ve discovered a clever little “personal” etude this week. Here it is: It captures the tricky b/c# interval that can always use more repetitions, crosses the break from e/f# with a touchy half hole, includes top space g for pitch … Continue reading

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