I think he's talking about Bb4 ("High" Bb) and F# above the staff. This is indeed a tricky slur.
First of all, Mike, Something that might help you is this fingering for F#, I normally use the version with the low F key, but it also works (I think, don't have my bassoon handy) with the Bb key version you're using:
o x o | x x o Bb
F# for me always has the first finger left hand totally open, not half holed and no whisper key (I don't think, I can't tell without a bassoon in my hand!) Leaving off the third finger may help greatly in slurred situations. It makes no sonic difference on my horn so I use that left hand set up for F# all the time. Like I said I ususally use the low F key instead of Bb on the right hand though. Experiment a little bit.
As far as the Bb fingering, put your first finger down on the right hand. From what I know that is the normal fingering for that note. Leaving the first finger off is more useful as a trill fingering from A to Bb. Depending on what F# fingering you're using you can substitute for the low F key the low E key (did that make sense?). The tone is a little more muffled, but who knows, maybe it helps you in a slurr situation. I usually use that for ppp attacks. Note that the Whisper key is automatically depressed when using that right hand choice due to the low E-whisper connection.
So one possible combination, which might not work at all, but I'm just throwing it out there, is to use these two fingerings alternating:
o x o | x x o F and (W) Ca x x x | x x o E
Just throwing some fingerings out there.
When in doubt though, if it's a tutti passage you can add a light tongue and nobody will no the difference. :-)
Last edited by Trent (2007-04-09 21:10:48)
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