Topic: Hissing Sound from Finger Hole
This is a strange problem that I haven't been able to solve. When my student plays the 1/2 hole G above the staff (in other words our 3rd octave G) she gets a hissing airy sound from the 1/2 hole.
Several others have tried it and we all get the sound. It is only on this note and no other 1/2 hole notes. We have tried different reeds and bocals to be sure too.
I have cleaned the hole out and it appears clean. I don't see any leaks around the hole but I suppose there could be. Or perhaps the liner is making a buzzing sound on this one note only. If you cover up the hole while playing the G the hissing is less but not completely gone.
Can anyone think of anything I may have missed. She may take it to a repair person who can check for leaks but I thought I would see if I am missing anything first.
Thanks much, Kent
Principal Lecturer In Bassoon and Theory
Northern Arizona University