Topic: Flat beginning bassoonist
I have a 1st year student who has me totally puzzled. She switched to bassoon this summer from baritone on recommendation from her teacher. Technically, she is better than average on the instrument, but for some reason I can't figure out, she plays anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 step flat through out the range of the instrument. I have tried different reeds, bocals, working with her embrochure, air support, even cleaning out her instrument. Nothing seems to help. It doesn't help that she is playing on an Amati bassoon, which is known for its bad intonation, but it is all the school offers its beginners. I had her play on my Fox also and she still is flat.
I have run out of ideas and I don't want to discourage her because she is probably the most enthusiastic student I've ever taught, but I am frustrated in listening to her do her lesson perfectly week after week except for that she play so flat. HELP!!!
Bassoonist, Elkhart (IN) Municipal Band; Bassoon Dad and Uncle