Picking Your Bassoon Players
What should I look for when searching for a student to play the bassoon?
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What to look for
Personal Characteristics: Good musical skills, successful with first instrument, responsible, investigator, self-motivated, and smart
Physical Characteristics: A student with a pronounced underbite may struggle to establish a good embouchure. Helps if thumbs straighten beyond vertical. (11)
Family Support: Without adequate financial support, a student may struggle to maintain a working supply of reeds and a functioning bassoon. Bassoons are also very expensive to purchase if the student ever wants to invest in their own instrument.
Instrumental Experience: It helps if a student has played an instrument for at least one year. Woodwind experience preferred. The following instruments are good candidates for transfer to bassoon.
Check that their hands will allow them to be successful – the crutch may not be practical right away and is optional. A plateau key (shown below) can compensate for the problem of the third finger reach in the left hand.
Knowledge of bass clef is a plus.
Don’t forget: Learning to play the bassoon is not as difficult as most people think as long as the equipment is adequate. (9)
Pick a student who really wants to play the bassoon!