Topic: Advice for getting started again
I started playing bassoon in HS (40 years ago) and did well enough for 1st chair all state band and orchestra. But sax was my main instrument with doubling on flute, clarinet and bassoon for show work. Here I find myself signed up for the Sweeney Todd bassoon book with a Buescher (Selmer?) student bassoon and wondering what I was thinking.
So I'm seeking advice on getting started again. Fingering is coming back slowly but embourchure is more work than single reeds. I have one of the Weissenborn method books but that seems more oriented to a student/teacher kind of thing as opposed to me working through getting my chops back.
I play a pretty resistent setup on my bari and tenor so while I can run scales, a medium Jones reed went really soft after about 10 minutes of playing. I have a med hard as well but mostly same result. Neither reed has been adjusted in any manner. Lower octave stopped speaking when the reeds got soft so I suspect that I might need to open the tip a bit more.
If no one helps me, then the alternative is to play the book on my dark bari setup which, as bassoonists, I'm sure you don't want me to do. :-)