Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning
Thanks to a strong worldwide response, our "Quick Guide" is on its second printing. Mark Eubanks has created a recipe for tuning and adjusting bassoon reeds based on decades of research expanding upon his previous publications. The Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning is packed with information to help the bassoonist go to a problem, test it and fix it. This publication presents a new, proven step-by-step method to check the tuning of every note on the bassoon. It also includes a synopsis of bassoon reed design elements that affect tuning, and additional tuning factors, including bocal and instrument adjustments and tone production issues. This printing contains a few minor tweaks from the first printing thanks to your questions and comments to us. These changes are all covered in our supplemental material and Q & A found on this website for those who have purchased the first printing.
The Quick Guide is available for purchase from double reed specialty shops and on Amazon. Click for more information!
Here are five tests that you can do in five seconds or less (for each test) that tell you a lot about your reed:
- The flip test
- The ear test
- The wire test
- The tap test
- The crow test
Click here for the Quick Tests and Answers
Our goal is to demystify the reed, the bassoon, and the player's problems. This valuable reed tuning method and reference material is the result of nearly 50 years of research, innovation, professional reed making, major symphony orchestra performance, recording and teaching. Every bassoonist from the novice to the professional will benefit from new insights to help tame “the unruly beast.” From those who have previewed and helped in making this publication possible, it has been described as an “Incredible work. The more I look, the more I learn.” The universal comment has been “WOW!”
From "The Double Reed" Vol. 40, No. 3, 2017 IDRS
Mark Eubanks’ Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning removes speculation from the final stages of reed finishing. This reviewer used the Quick Guide herself, guided two students through the text, and had both a graduate and and an undergraduate student work through it independently with multiple reeds. In all cases, the results were impeccable and long-lasting.
Eubanks’ Quick Guide offers advanced, complicated concepts in an easy-to-follow format with clear digitally printed, color illustrations. The print material is waterproof and, at 15 pages, intentionally small enough to carry in a bassoon case. The content provides twice as many tuning tests as the 1986 edition (and subsequent 1991 supplement), each containing more thorough
and numerous solutions.
Teacher's Supplement to Quick Guide
Even a beginning student would benefit from learning reed adjustment techniques right from the start. Click for more information
Mark Eubanks, Guest Artist and Lecturer
Thanks to all the participants of BASSOONarama 2018! Click here for extra goodies of information from Mark.
What's New / Ongoing Research
New research is being done on "fixed chamber" reeds and other ongoing experiments with cane evaluation, etc.. Learn more...
How to perform the ear tests for the right hand notes.