1. Turn ons: double reed instruments played with great intonation
     

  1. theneverendingoptimistic said: Um so I'm in HS and I am gonna try out for symphonic band in about a month. Do you have any opinions on what piece I should perform? Which scales?

    It’s good to know all scales, but start with B flat, C, A, A flat. I don’t know what kind of band teacher you have, but depending on the teacher you might want to also practice the less easy scales like B natural, so on, if they like to be tricky in auditions.

    You can get a lot of good audition material out of the etudes section (the back-ish) of J. Weissenborn books. The Telemann concerto is also fun. If you’re up for a challenge, any of the Vivaldi are great to play and you can get away with slower tempi if you wish to.

    You might have to sightread in your audition, so start going through parts of your etude book(s) that you’ve not practiced before, just to get used to reading new material.

    and of course, always practice with a metronome to internalize the tempo of what you’re working on, it helps with confidence and such.

    Good luck, I really hope you get in!

     

  2. garbagebagvevo:

    When you’re sightreading a piece and suddenly it gets 10x harder

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    (via oboeangst)

     

  3. Making a mistake in a performance, but pretending like nothing happened

     

  4. thescorpionandthefox:

    twobassoonists:

    ARE ANY OF YOU FROM THE CLEVELAND AREA AND KNOW WHERE TO GET DUCO, MINE DRIED UP AND I NEED REEDS

    Nowhere in the area sells Duco that I can find. But I’ve found that Loctite’s Vinyl, Fabric, & Plastic Flexible Adhesive works if you need something and don’t have time to…

    okay cool, does it take like 30-40 to dry?

     

  5. URGENT

    ARE ANY OF YOU FROM THE CLEVELAND AREA AND KNOW WHERE TO GET DUCO, MINE DRIED UP AND I NEED REEDS

     

  6. After choosing to be a music major

     

  7. When you have no good reeds before an important performance

     

  8. sillywhatwell said: I was an undergraduate bassoon major, and now a professional pianist, composer, performer. Your tumblog is almost enough for me to get the ol' fag out of the cupboard. Almost. Just sayin'.

    <3 yes I’m so glad to hear this.

    you should definitely get that fag

    out of the closet

    [this is not a gay slur, bassoons are called faggots in German, for the love of bach don’t send me anon hate I’m just a music student]

     

  9. Solfège prof: We’ll start here: (plays note on piano) you can hit that note, right?

    Me:

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  10. Sightreading clefs that your instrument rarely deals with

     

  11. When that unsavory professor/maestro finally retires

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  12. When I hear my my favorite excerpt in concert

     

  13. zenith-zane said: All I can say is that I'm sitting here laughing my ass off because you guys just get it. All of this stuff is so relevant to my life. Also as a class of 2017, twin, gay, and bassoon major; you two are perfect. Don't stop.

    <3 this makes me so happy ily

    twin lgbtqa etc. bassoonists are the best ever, no competition.