LMC Wednesday: Bocal & Reed Care

LMC Wednesday: Bocal & Reed Care

Notes from the 2019 Longhorn Music Camp Bassoon Masterclass. Wednesday, June 12th: Reed & Bocal Care

On the third day of LMC 2019 we discussed reed care, types of bocals and how reeds are made. Students learned which basic tools they can use to adjust and make reeds, as well as how to properly clean and store reeds and bocals.

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LMC Tuesday: "Sound in Motion" - Phrasing & Vibrato

LMC Tuesday: "Sound in Motion" - Phrasing & Vibrato

Notes from the 2019 Longhorn Music Camp Bassoon Masterclass. Tuesday, June 11th: Sound in Motion: Phrasing & Vibrato

On the second day of LMC 2019 we discussed dynamics, articulations, phrasing and vibrato. We learned how to practice vibrato and some of the ways it can be used to enhance our scales and music.

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LMC Monday: Five Elements of Beautiful Tone Production

LMC Monday: Five Elements of Beautiful Tone Production

Notes from the 2019 Longhorn Music Camp Bassoon Masterclass. Monday, June 10th: Five Elements of Beautiful Tone Production.

On the first day of LMC 2019 we discussed the 5 Elements of Beautiful Tone Production and how we can practice them individually to improve our tone and intonation.

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LMC Wednesday: Playing with Style

LMC Wednesday: Playing with Style

Notes from the 2018 Longhorn Music Camp Bassoon Masterclass. Wednesday, June 13th: Playing with Style: Dynamics & Articulation.

  1. What are “default dynamics”?

  2. What is the difference between articulations and dynamics?

  3. How do long tones help us improve our playing?

  4. How is performing music like acting in a play? 

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LMC Tuesday: Special Bassoon Techniques

LMC Tuesday: Special Bassoon Techniques

Notes from the 2018 Longhorn Music Camp Bassoon Masterclass. Tuesday, June 12th: Special Bassoon Techniques - Half Holes, Flicking, Intonation Adjustments, Vibrato.

  1. Why are flicking and half holing used on the bassoon?

  2. What is the difference between flicking and venting?

  3. Which notes are generally sharp or flat on the bassoon?

  4. How can I improve tuning on the bassoon?

  5. How is vibrato created?

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