This virtual techniques course is designed with the pre- or in-service instrumental music teacher in mind. Many times, non-bassoonists find themselves at best puzzled and at worst paralyzed by the oddities and intricacies of this unique instrument. I hope here you find a web home and ongoing resource for bassoon explanations, tips, and answers, and if there is anything at all you wish to see expanded upon in prose, video lesson, or student practice resources, be sure to contact meand request any feature additions or guidance.
Upon completion of these modules, including recommending performance proficiencies and knowledge "check-in"s, you will be able to explain and demonstrate bassoon fundamentals, as well as diagnose common issues with bassoon tone production and suggest multiple paths to improvement.
This techniques overview is organized into four types of information:
equipment needs and maintenance
Each section includes handouts for teachers, exercises for students, and links to important external resources.
For those new to the bassoon, I recommend completing each module in order, with access to an instrument and reed to complete associated playing exercises. For those brushing up their expertise or seeking particular answers, the dropdown menus will guide you to the specific topic of your choice.
Many of the graphics and musical examples are excerpted from the draft copy of my techniques method book, Just for Bassoonists. Contact me to opt-in for email updates regarding the publication of the full text and e-book.
Note: If you are a pre-service teacher utilizing these resources for virtual enrollment in your university's woodwind/bassoon techniques course, be sure to follow along in your registered course via your learning management system (eLearning, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.) for specific assignments at the discretion of your instructor.
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