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Sun, Dec. 28th, 2008, 10:44 pm
xotiffanysheree: hey everyone!

Hi. I've been playing bassoon for 3 years. My band teacher had me switch from alto sax to bassoon right after 6th grade. Basically, I had to teach my self. Does anyone know a good fingering chart for bassoon? I'm not too good at knowing the names of the notes; would flashcards be helpful for learning those names? And are there any useful tips/tricks I should know? Thanks in advance! :]

Tue, Dec. 30th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

Hey, I would look into getting the Weissenborn's Bassoon Method book. It is probably one of the best bassoon books out there and should contain a fingering chart for you. it's an ugly green book and usually the only one that music stores have. It takes you through scales and etudes and such, good luck!

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)

thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely go out and buy that book.

Wed, Dec. 31st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)

Other things to be aware of:

Storebought reeds are mostly crap. grey wet/dry sandpaper with 320 grit, a mandrel, and a plaque are your best defense. Usually, the tips and the sides are what will need the most work to get the best response from them (the tip should feel thin, like two sax reeds, not thick. You won't cut yourself tho..heh.

As for notes...Bass clef is 'two notes down' from treble clef.
(Lines and Spaces numbered bottom to top...)

treble spaces are FACE (note on top of the staff is G...)
bass spaces are ACEG

treble lines are EGBDF (first leger line above is A...)
bass lines are GBDFA


As for fingerings, bassoon is opposite the Boehm system (which is what flute, clarinet, and sax use). (Left hand on top, fingers numbered 1-2-3-4-5-6...)

Sax 'G' is 1-2-3. Bassoon 1-2-3 is C.
Sax 'C' is 1-2-3-4-5-6 (and faraway pinky...) Bassoon 1-2-3-4-5-6 is G.

Fastest way to learn your notes is to learn all your scales.

Hope this helps!

Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)

thanks! :] I've noticed the reeds I get from music stores die on me fairly easily. It gets pretty frustrating.

and yeah,it definitely helped!

Tue, Jul. 13th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): fingering chart...

what book do u use to learn bassoon because i sometimes use the one in my book or if u need help with a fingering i could help you