Getting Started on Bassoon
You want to learn to play bassoon. Great. I'm here to help. In order for my help to be as useful as possible, I HIGHLY recommend that you go through the steps in order and don't skip anything.
It is assumed that you already play another wind instrument before you begin this course. In designing its structure I assumed that you already have a basic knowledge of reading music, breathing to play a wind instrument, how fingering charts work, and other basic musical knowledge that you've probably already picked up in your band classes. This is not a comprehensive music course, but a guide to picking up bassoon as a second instrument.
Try to come into this endeavor with no assumptions or preconceived notions about what works on your current instrument. Don't try to apply your clarinet embouchure to bassoon, or your saxophone horn angle, or even try to moisten your reed in the same way you would on whatever instrument you play. Bring your musician's ears, your general knowledge of music, and your intuition, and leave everything else at the door. Let's go have an adventure.
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