Topic: High A to High D slur fingering

Hello all,

I'm currently playing a bassoon quartet that calls for several slurs from high A to high D, and I'm having major issues with the D coming out.  Does anyone know of alternate fingerings for this specific slur before I go through all of them in the bassoon fingering resource? smile

Thanks,
TK

Associate Principal Bassoon/Contrabassoon, Kansas City Symphony

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Re: High A to High D slur fingering

What fingering for high D are you using currently?  I would just use my standard fingering:

o o x Eb| o o x Ab
 d        Bb

And if I was having trouble that day getting it to come out with the slur I'd add a very very light tongue - the slur will likely have a bit of a break in it anyway, so the tongue wouldn't matter.

Last edited by Trent (2008-01-27 09:58:11)

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

Re: High A to High D slur fingering

Here is the fingering I use in Stravinsky's Pulcinella (Gavotta I think) where one plays F# A D under a slur:

d O 1/2 X NO-Eb! / Ab-Bb-triller 0 0 G Ab

It's the same as regular high-D, but one uses the the Ab-Bb-triller with the R-thumb rather than the Bb-key. Leaving off the Eb/resonance key is important. Note also the 1/2-hole for the L-middlefinger.

Michael Sweeney.

Prin. Bsn., Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Re: High A to High D slur fingering

How do you play the "glissandi" in Pulcinella's Gavotte measures 15 to 17?

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Re: High A to High D slur fingering

Alejandro, Be sure to clean the vent holes for the high d and high c keys. Sometimes the highest notes will not respond if the vent holes have any dirt in them. Very best wishes y abrazos muchos a Cordoba! Chris

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University
www.weaitmusic.com

Re: High A to High D slur fingering

Alejandro, about the glissandi in the Gavotte there are two possibilities depending on the tempo: if the tempo is not too fast you could make rapid diatonic fingered glissandi (chromatic glissandi would take too much time); or you could make a jazz-style "fall off" by letting the pitch fall down to the e-natural. If you do that, it helps to finger the e with your g-key down. The fall off will work best if the tempo is fast. All best wishes, Chris

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University
www.weaitmusic.com