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    Default French Basson Fingerings

    Hello nice people!

    I'd like to discuss here fingerings for the French basson. (The German bassoon might overwhelm the French one, so a separate thread seems more prudent).

    My sources up to now are
    • Maurice Allard: Tablature, trilles, gammes diatoniques et chromatiques
    • Pierre Ganzoinnat: Préambule, initiation au basson

    I'm looking for
    • Fingerings above the F
    • Other fingerings for all notes, as my instrument has no fourth register key at left thumb

    Be it as web addresses, book titles, documents... The very helpful
    ignores the French system altogether.

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    To start the discussion, I propose variants not given in my books. Some may be useful on a more complete instrument too. Click the images for full size.

    BassonFing_DEF.png

    Pink keys are not available on my instrument. Cross noteheads follow the Obukhov notation.

    D demands the fourth register key in my books. Emission is unstable using the third key. But this improves if I push the third register key partly, which opens the cover but doesn't close the piano hole.

    E isn't bad, but 1L half-closed stabilizes it, so it can be better lipped down, like the D.

    F is unstable and very flat with usual fingerings, but half-closing 1L stabilizes it too. It is then easier to raise, by the known 3R optional position, by adding LT (not in my books), and by lipping up.

    BassonFing_BbBC.png

    Bb is more stable with 1L half-closed, like lower notes. Easier to lip down. Especially if adding LT, 4R can be freed then, which eases some slurs.

    B is more stable with 1L half-closed, like lower notes. Easier to lip down.

    C is more stable if the second register key is added to the third. Easier to articulate and to lip down.

    This .zip file can be opened by 7zip, IZArc and other archivers.
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    Marc Schaefer, aka Enthalpy

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    Today I tried the fingerings proposed there
    http://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/FINGNOTF.HTM
    but none worked better on my instrument than what Maurice Allard recommends.

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    More French bassoon fingerings:

    E is less sharp without 4L, and 1L half-closed stabilizes it in that case too.

    C# is more stable if the second register key is added to the third, like for C. Useful in more difficult cases, like double détaché.

    BassonFing_CsharpE.png

    Marc Schaefer, aka Enthalpy

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