Response Issues on the Bassoon: Cracking Low Notes, Cracking High Notes, Bocal Flex - Voicing - Foghorn Effect

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Michael Burns, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The bassoon is a unique instrument with a characteristically quirky and idiosyncratic sound. In terms of modern instrument development it also is something of a dinosaur, lagging behind the other woodwinds in acoustical developments by centuries in certain aspects. Therefore, the bassoon has some intrinsic issues associated with its acoustical design that lead to response issues. A common term for one form of response issue is “cracking” and that is what I would like to deal with in this article.

Additional Information

The Double Reed 30:4 (2007): 71-75
Language: English
Date: 2007
Bassoon, Response issue, acoustical design

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