Category Archives: Bassoon
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
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: http://bassooncamp.com/2017-info/2017-online-registration/ … Continue reading
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
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
Last week, I had the great good fortune to have my bassoon adjusted by Paul Nordby in Indianapolis. What a genuinely nice man and wonderful bassoon specialist! My bassoon plays better than ever! In the 1970s, I had taken a bassoon … Continue reading
In 2001, Michael Burns wrote an article entitled, “Music Written for Bassoon by Bassoonists.” [Double Reed, vol. 24 no. 2] He identifies a number of accomplished bassoonists who were also composers—some writing music (etudes and solos) for their students, others … Continue reading
Had a chance to try several Fox Model 680 bassoons at the factory this week—very impressive! I was struck by the ease of response, the vibrant sound, and the rich low register.