Rachael Young’s B3 Pinchy Test

Does B3 respond to applied embouchure or air with an unmanageably quick rate of change? If so, the areas behind the tip are too strong in comparison to the very tip of the reed. Refine the tapers here as necessary:

Result of These Steps: more stable

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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