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Bassoon: A Jazz or Classical Instrument?

Bassoon: A Jazz or Classical Instrument?

When you begin to play the bassoon, it is natural that you will start with classical music repertoire. When I started to play the bassoon, I heard as much as I could of the bassoon recordings. I bought several recordings of great musicians, such as Klaus Thunemann,...
You are what you practice.

You are what you practice.

“A few days ago while practicing, I started to think: – why sometimes we do not practice a lot but we improve significantly – and sometimes we practice hard and we have no improvements. So I asked myself the following questions: 1) What makes...
A good reed should be made without haste

A good reed should be made without haste

The reed should be made with great calmness and patience. You can try to make reeds very quickly, but the problem is that they will change too much and usually don’t last long. It’s too aggressive for the reed to do everything at once. The reed needs time...
How to improve your sound?

How to improve your sound?

When I was a student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, I remember a class I had with Klaus Thunemann, where I asked him what was the secret to having such a beautiful sound like his sound, with so much personality. Instead of giving me an exercise or...