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    Hi fellow wind instrumentalists and everyone!

    Since playing the bassoon, I believe it alters my voice. The bass components disappear when and after playing, and even speaking becomes more difficult. It heals overnight.

    I didn't notice that with the flute nor the alto saxophone when I was young. Could it result from the stronger air pressure at the oboe, the clarinet, the bassoon? Or from my age?

    Please share your observations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthalpy View Post
    Hi fellow wind instrumentalists and everyone!

    Since playing the bassoon, I believe it alters my voice. The bass components disappear when and after playing, and even speaking becomes more difficult. It heals overnight.

    I didn't notice that with the flute nor the alto saxophone when I was young. Could it result from the stronger air pressure at the oboe, the clarinet, the bassoon? Or from my age?

    Please share your observations!
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    It is very possible that playing bassoon alters your voice. If you're playing bassoon correctly, the way I was taught, you really drop the jaw and keep the oral cavity very open and it does put some tension on the vocal chord area. Bassoon embouchure requirements are a lot more complex that flute or clarinet and probably oboe.
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