Topic: Bassoon Reed Styles
I am in the process of planning two reed-making classes for my college students at UNLV. The basic class will follow the method that I was taught by Chris Weait (with additional ideas from my other teachers Bill Davis and Matt Karr.) I would also like to offer them an advanced class where they would study a variety of different reed styles. I must admit that I have not spent a great deal of time learning various other methods, mainly because time is something I never seem to have and also because I have never really been able to get excited about it. However, I want to do right by my students, so I intend to do some research over the next year.
So, I would like to ask for direction from those who HAVE done serious study of different reed styles. First of all, what are they? I see references to a variety of names. I am familiar with the styles in the Skinner and Eubanks books, as well as the Bar method. I see other names floating around: Garfield, McGill, Sharrow, Herzberg, etc. Is there a place where all the styles are listed, along with their main characteristics? (If not, won’t some enterprising grad student get on this right away?)
I would be grateful for any help that I can get.
Associate Professor of Music
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas