F2 Test

Is a mezzoforte attack on F2 very sharp? If so, the front third is too heavy compared to the back. Combine with the F#3, Bb3, A3 speaker key, and F4 indicator note tests to determine where to work.

Result of These Steps: weaker, flatter, more responsive, more free blowing

The material in this learning module comes from The Banana of Life: Peeling Away the Mysteries of Reed Making for the Bassoon by Rian Craypo and has been edited for clarity by Jessi Vandagriff. Please do not share or distribute this information to those not using the decision-based learning model. Used with permission. Fingering and note diagrams were generated using the free resources from Bret Pimentel.

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