The bassoon is the largest member of the woodwind family, except for its giant relative the contra-bassoon, both instruments are classified in the double reed group along with the Oboe and Cor Anglais. The wooden tube is doubled back on itself to save space. You hold it slanted in front of you, usually suspended from a sling round your neck, and blow through a reed which vibrates to make the sound (you need quite a bit of puff!!). To make the different notes you cover and uncover holes with a system of keys operated by rods and levers known as the "Boehm system" which provides alternative ways of fingering many notes, so whatever the order of the notes you need to play there is always an easy way of doing it.
All bassoons are the same size, except for a "short-reach" bassoon available for younger beginners, and the contra-bassoon which is a larger and heavier instrument which is usually supported by a spike on the floor instead of a sling round the player's neck.
Whilst mainly used in Orchestra's and Classical music the Bassoon has been sadly underated in popular music with brief appearances on hit songs like 'Tears of a Clown' by Smokey Robinson the exception.
Also see the Reed Links for double and single reed resources.
- 8 Notes
excellent resource with over 1500 free sheet music riffs and pieces complete with sound clip examples plus free pictures of commonly used musical instruments and free lessons.
resources and information for bassoonists including job openings, makers and other stuff.
- Bassoon Family Fingering Companion
An Annotated Index of Fingerings for Instruments in the Bassoon Family Contained in English Wind Periodicals and Other Select Publications with Additional Material By Terry B. Ewell
- Bassoon - Instructional Methods
Browse and buy books, software and other educational products for learning the Bassoon from SheetMusicPlus.
- Bell Bassoons
Bassoon and Contrabassoon Makers.
has a page on Heckelphones
- FindSounds.com Bassoon Search Results
AIFF AU WAVE, mono stereo, 8-bit, 8000 Hz, search for Bassoon Sounds!
- Fox Products
Maker of double reed instruments: Bassoons, Contrabassoons, Oboes and English Horns. ...
Makers of Renaissance Double Reed Instruments. ... Sperlingweg 7 D-5020 Frechen Königsdorf, Germany
- HOME OF THE OBOE FIEND
General information about the oboe, MIDIs of the author's compositions, and links.
- International Double Reed Society
IDRS The worldwide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. ...
- Kirkland Concert Band: Oboe and Bassoon Links
Information About the Oboe and Bassoon, links to online lessons and resources.
- The Woodwind Fingering Guide
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