IDRS Journal Supplement
Chops: Lost and Found
We are pleased to announce that our article, Chops: Lost and Found, was published in the International Double Reed Society Journal in April 2021, Volume 44, No. 1. Click here for supplemental information.
The Stay at Home Bassoonist
Here’s a list of productive things you can do to pass the time while staying at home
- Clean your tone holes
- Clean your bocal
- Clean the dust off your bassoon
- Vacuum your bassoon case
- Check your bassoon for leaks
- Clean sticky pads
- Refresh your pads
- Check the whisper key
- Make reeds
- Adjust your reeds and check their tuning
- Make sanding tools
- Schedule a re-pad overhaul or restoration service for your bassoon
- Practice warm up exercises
- Practice the dreaded double tongue
- Create your artistic vibrato
- Practice your scales
- Practice your trills and turns
- Practice Nasty Passages
Announcement About Arundo Reeds and Cane
We want to inform you that Arundo Reeds and Cane is no longer in business. If you or someone in your bassoon network is interested in purchasing the company, please fill out the Contact Us form on this website.
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