Fingerings - Alternate Fingerings
But what about these other keys...? Which alternate fingerings should I know? What alternate fingerings should I introduce to a new bassoon player? What are some of the most problematic notes on the bassoon?
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Problem Notes and Alternate Fingerings
Alternate fingerings are used for the typical purposes on bassoon
On clarinet we often talk about left hand vs right hand fingerings. Many bassoon alternates work the same way but function as either thumb or pinky fingerings.
Some alternate fingerings simply add additional keys to the basic fingering. Generally this is for intonation, resonance, or both.
3 alternate fingerings to teach all beginners from the start
- High Eb to high F requires tricky key switching. This is one of those techniques that just has to be learned since there is no way around it. Practice moving between the two notes to identify the challenges so you can help your students!