Bookended Bassoon Blogging for 2014

Ok, so, it's been a long time since I last posted. I made some promises I couldn't keep. And worst of all, I've neglected this blog. Read more [...] Read More

Practicing When You Can’t Practice

In light of current events I thought it would be a great idea to explain some ways one can still practice even if you can't touch your instrument. Having sustained a finger injury, and recently, surgery, I'll not be able to physically work on any instrument, but it doesn't mean that I can't still focus my energies on my craft. An injury or a segregation from your horn is not the end of the world, we can't all practice 24 hours a day, but we must learn a few ways of staying sharp when we are away. Below are a list of ideas for keeping your mind in shape. Read more [...] Read More

Bassoon Tools Explained: Part 2 Making Blanks

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! I'm back again to explain the next set of tools a bassoonist should have. At this stage you'll need to have all the tools for maintaining and finishing your reeds as well as these. You'll only need these tools if you're buying your cane already shaped and profiled. If you have a shaper, you can buy pre-profiled and unshaped cane, but I prefer to shape my cane BEFORE it's profiled as there's less of a chance of ruining the shape. Read more [...] Read More

Choosing an Instrument- Piano Edition

For many people, and parent's especially, they're concerned with making sure the student (or themselves) are going to continue to have an interest in learning to play the piano before they fork out thousands of dollars for a piano. This makes sense, and I will never argue it, but please be fully aware of all of your options before you plunk down $99 for that cheesy keyboard with all the "Bells and Whistles." Read more [...] Read More

Bassoon Tools Explained: Part 1

Many of my bassoon students who are starting out need guidance on what type of bassoon tools they should buy, and when it's appropriate for them to buy them. I think it's easiest to think of augmenting your bassoon tools in three stages. 1. Reed maintenance and finishing. 2. Blank Making. Read more [...] Read More