How do I improve my bassoon intonation?

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  1. 8 highly efective ways to improve your bassoon playing.
  2. Practice with a drone.
  3. Practice long tones (ALWAYS with a drone or tuner).
  4. Practice with a metronome.
  5. Practice scales and arpeggios.
  6. Record your playing.
  7. Become a master reed maker.
  8. Practice vibrato.

What is the bassoon embouchure?

The embouchure is an important fundamental concept to playing either the oboe or bassoon. Both oboe and bassoon feature a round embouchure that encircles the reed with equal pressure from all sides of the lips. The teeth should remain open and far apart while playing with the corners of the embouchure forward.

Can you teach yourself bassoon?

The bassoon is not the sort of instrument which can be self-taught easily, so lessons are necessary if meaningful progress is to be made. Some start because the bassoon is an orchestral instrument in demand by amateur orchestras, so it is easy for a relative beginner to get into an orchestra.

What pitch should a bassoon reed Crow?

A good reed should “pop” when the air is sucked out of it. When blown into, most good reeds produce an upper “crow” pitch between Eb to F# and can make a multiphonic with a second pitch about a major third below.

How do I make my bassoon sharper?

Make high notes stronger. Make the reed sharper in pitch….Making the wire more oval by squeezing the top & bottom of the reed, where the wire is, will:

  1. Close the tip of the reed.
  2. Makes the reed sharper in pitch.
  3. Makes the reed more responsive.

Why is my bassoon so flat?

Note: Most bassoons have the tendency to play flat on the high notes and play sharp on the low notes. Other causes can be a weak reed, a poor airtight instrument and excessively loose joints causing air leaks as well. In rare cases of very old bassoons, the bassoon may have been made flat to start with.