Topic: Are you an ogre bassoonist?
Well, I don't think I'm hideous exactly, but I am a tall, tall guy.
Having just finished my first round of college auditions (WHOO CINCINNATI!), I was a little concerned with some critiques I received about my posture. Now, I know it's only natural for a young player to have some problems in this area, but I have honestly tried to improve, and to no avail. My problem is that i tend to lower my head slightly and twist my neck a little to "get under" my reed. Naturally I tried playing with my bassoon higher, but this brought up issues in finger technique and general comfort. I can play just fine, but I notice more and more that I have rather tense shoulders and these heinous knots in my neck.
Reading through Vonk's "A Bundle of Joy"--great little book!--I came across a segment on bocal shapes for taller guys. I'm no Waterhouse, but I think my case could be one to benefit from a higher reaching tip.
Can anyone vouch for this? I'd love to hear more about these unique bocal bends, too!
Thanks in advance =]