Topic: Double Jointed Bassoonist
I have discovered that one of my new students appears to be double jointed in his hands (not sure if that is the correct medical term?). When he uses his thumbs to make the transfer from the whisper key to the low-note keys, he sometimes gets a "pop" where the finger resets the joint.
Currently we are trying to work around it by approaching the low C, B, and Bb keys with the same hand position as depressing the whisper key (he has to use the side of his thumb instead of closer to the tip).
I was wondering if other teachers have had similar students or if there are any performers who have had to overcome this issue. I am open to ideas on this matter, as it is beginning to frustrate my student.
Thanks, and I look forward to your replies.
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