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I am currently an oboe, clarinet, and saxophone player. I know that I would have to learn bass clef, but other than that, how hard would it be to pick up the bassoon???
 

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Picking up the bassoon is comparatively easy. It's playing it that's the problem. :wink: A prominent freelance doubler once described it to me as "a pain in the @ss."
 

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I am a saxophone/clarinet / flute player, but my girlfriend is a bassoonist and whenver I pick hers up just for fun I can see that with some work producing a good sound and controlling the pitch would be less of an issue than the fact that the fingerings are totally screwed up.
Question: If you've already got got saxophone, clarinet and oboe (for which I have huge admiration for you) chops, why not add flute to your arsenal as it is much more called for on doubling gigs?
Reeds seem to be a big issue too fro bassoon. Finding reliable ones that don't play too sharp or learning how to make them well is a cause for much frustration.
 

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reeds

i already know how to make reeds due to the oboe, and i own a flute, I just dont play it much...maybe ill start playing it more.....thx for all the replys.
 

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i had a friend in high school that played alto sax and bassoon. she said it was ok, not really that hard. (that is until her dog bit her face and took a piece out of her lip)
anyway...
since you already play oboe, it shouldn't be that much of a problem. fingerings and bass clef are the killers. :) then there is the price of a bassoon. and i thought saxes were expensive. :roll:
:)

good luck. :)
 
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