Getting familiar with your Bassoon
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Bass and Tenor Clef
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A Guide for band students
Start With The Reed Only!!!
Lower your jaw and place the tip of the reed on your lower lip
Draw the reed into your mouth and take the lower lip with it
Bring the top lip down slightly over your teeth
This should create a slight, soft overbite
Do not bite or clamp own on the reed as it will choke the vibrations
"Crowing" the Reed
This is produced by using only the reed. It is good way to get a feel for the correct embouchure.
Breathe correctly using good support from the diaphragm
Crow on the reed. The crow is the sound made when all the pitches are produced simultaneously. It requires a very loose embouchure and an open throat.
If the reed is crowing properly you should hear three pitches
If a single pitch is sounded, embouchure is too tight.
It takes practice to produce a crow. Many students cannot do this at first keep trying, seek out your music teacher or your favorite bassoonist for help if you not having success.
Practice removing the reed and putting it back in your mouth to get the “feel” of the embouchure.
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