It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.
You're going to need some stuff. Here's a list.
Scroll down for specifics and recommendations.
1. A bassoon
2. A reed (or better yet, two)
3. A cup, or small container to wet your reed.
The best choice for a water contain is one that is narrow enough the that reed sits vertically.
4. A seat strap
5. Cork grease
Reeds. We wager our happiness, our success, and our reputation on a fancy piece of cane. This little thing determines our potential on the bassoon, so we better have one that works.
We're not going to get into making reeds here. We can buy them, for at least a long while. Cane and synthetic reeds are available. We're going to start with the most reliable, affordable option for beginners.
A Jones brand, medium soft reed is the way you're going to want to start.
A Jones Medium soft runs about $13 on Amazon. Get 2 of them to start in case one breaks.
Picture courtesy of Amazon.
A seat strap
A seat strap is far superior to a neck strap.
Neck straps put all the weight of the instrument on your left hand, making it difficult to play.
Seat straps distribute the weight evenly and let the hands play, rather than hold the instrument.
Seat straps come in different styles. If your bassoon has a hook ring at the bottom, get a hook style strap. If if does not, you can get a cup style strap that goes over the bottom of the boot. Some straps have both.
You may develop a preference with experience later. For now it doesn't matter which you go with as long as it works.
Try Amazon or Woodwind and Brasswind if you need to purchase one, or try any of the links in the Resources section.
Pictures courtesy of google images.
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