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bassoon The bassoon is the largest member of the woodwind family, except for its giant relative the contra-bassoon, both instruments are classified in the double reed group along with the Oboe and Cor Anglais. The wooden tube is doubled back on itself to save space. You hold it slanted in front of you, usually suspended from a sling round your neck, and blow through a reed which vibrates to make the sound (you need quite a bit of puff!!).  To make the different notes you cover and uncover holes with a system of keys operated by rods and levers known as the "Boehm system" which provides alternative ways of fingering many notes, so whatever the order of the notes you need to play there is always an easy way of doing it.

animated black and white bassoon playerAll bassoons are the same size, except for a "short-reach" bassoon available for younger beginners, and the contra-bassoon which is a larger and heavier instrument which is usually supported by a spike on the floor instead of a sling round the player's neck.

Whilst mainly used in Orchestra's and Classical music the Bassoon has been sadly underated in popular music with brief appearances on hit songs like 'Tears of a Clown' by Smokey Robinson the exception.

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Also see the Reed Links for double and single reed resources. bassoonist