The chair should have a flat surface that
is not too slick and does not have anything sticking out on the right
Sit up straight or lean slightly
forward. Face directly ahead and avoid twisting the upper part
of the body or the head to either side. Place the seat strap
towards the middle or front of the chair and under the thighs. To
prevent the seat strap from sliding out from under a lighter person,
place the strap diagonally from the back of the left-hand side of the
chair to the right-hand side of the front of the chair.
Lean the Bassoon Across the Body
1. The boot joint should rest on the right thigh; the long joint rests on the
palm-side of the 1st finger knuckle of the left hand.
2. The left thumb should be
placed on the whisper key; then center the whisper key over the middle
of the body.
3. Angle the bocal and the
reed to come to the face (the reed should touch just below the lower
lip). If you have to stretch or twist your neck or lower your
head to reach the reed, raise or lower the bassoon accordingly and
re-adjust the reed and the bocal.
4. Read the music over the
top of the bocal or to the right-hand side. Do not read around
the left side of the bell.
Hands and Arms
1. Guide keys for fingers - -the fingers should rest on these keys when not
operating other keys.
a. LH pinky on low E-flat key
b. LH thumb on the whisper key
c. RH pinky on low F key
d. RH thumb on the low E (pancake) key
2. The arms should be in a
straight line from the pinkies to the wrists to the elbows which should
be out away from the body. Avoid bending the wrists, especially
the left one as it must support the weight of the bassoon.
The Texas School Music Project is a source for ideas
and information concerning pedagogical practices in the music classroom
or rehearsal hall.
The TSMP is a service provided to all music specialists by the faculty
of the School of Music at Stephen
F. Austin State University.