#13 Oh Danny Boy from Blue Moon Bassoon Songbook
Tenor clef is a musical staff notation that helps bassoonists read high notes without having too many ledger lines.
The 4th Line is our flick key C.
Most often used in challenging etudes, advanced solos, and orchestral music.
Most students begin learning tenor clef around 8th grade.
Lifecycle of a Reed
Baby: flat, buzzy, loud, responsive
Middle Aged: stable, mostly in tune, comfortable
Dead: stuffy, sharp, muted, resistant
Caring for Your Reeds
Always soak your reeds in clean water
Handle the tip of the reed carefully and don't pinch, bite, or bump into it
Make sure reeds dry out completely between playing
Anatomy of a Reed
Tip & Aperture
Reed Tools & Supplies
Forming and Finishing a Reed
Wires are the easiest to adjust and require very few tools
Files are also very useful for easy adjustments
Most ore bought reeds are inconsistent and don't play easily or in tune with good tone
Best option: handmade by your private lesson teacher
Handmade by Professional Bassoon Reed Makers
What is tenor clef and what is it used for?
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For more information about making or adjusting reeds, check out these videos!