The bassoon is a large musical piece that gives off a low, rich and deep sound not found with other woodwind instruments.
Bassoons have a double reed attached to a small curved tube called a b...
Of the woodwinds, bassoons are quite possibly the hardest to learn. Professional teachers or bassoonists often agree that previous musical experience would be a benefit when learning.
Bassoons date back to medieval times. The progenitor of the flute instrument was a clumsy instrument called the Pommer. It was constructed as a long conical tube made of wood with two holes.
These bassoons were often found in church choirs as a bass accompaniment. Early versions had no keys, and were very hard to play. During the Baroque period, however, they became very popular and even became favorite solo concerto instruments.
Unfortunately, while bassoons have developed overtime, the key system has not advanced much. During the 19th century, key systems were developed to make finger playing easier in all flute instruments, including bassoons, yet bassoonists today still have not accepted these advances, and seem content with the older, time tested systems.
The German key system, also known as the Heckel system, is the most popular key system today for bassoons. However, another system also exists along side Heckel, the French system known as the Buffet system.
The French and German bassoons are quite similar, but distinctive in sound. The French key system make the high notes much more accessible for the bassoonist than the German version.
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BassoonThis bassoon has a standard key system. From this model upwards all instruments have a whisper key lock, a second ring-finger Bb key and and C# trill key for the left hand index finger.
Conservatory Model, Standard size, German system, Sycamore maple wood, 25 Keys, High D key, 2 S-bends, Silver-plated mechanisms, Includes case and...
Quint BassoonThe quint bassoon sounds a fifth higher than the normal bassoon. It is particularly suitable as a children's instrument.
Bassoonino in G, Modern mechanics, With complete piano mechanics and F-F # connection, Sycamore maple with natural rubber lining, Length 84.5 cm,...