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The Oboe and Bassoon are both double reed instruments.  This means they have two reeds wrapped together back to back.  The reeds vibrate against each other to create the sound.  When playing a reed by itself it should sound like the "caw" of a crow.  These instruments are difficult to tune so you need to have a good ear to play them.


The Oboe comes in three parts.  The upper joint, lower joint and bell.  The double-reed is placed in the very top of the instrument.


The Bassoon comes in five parts.  The base, two middle joints, a top and a bocal.  The double-reed is placed on the bocal.  Don't move the bocal once it is placed in the proper location.


Make sure you are sitting up on the edge of the chair, feet flat on the floor, head in a normal resting position, and bring the instrument to you.  The oboe sounds best when it is straight out in front not sagging downward.  For  bassoon, have it on the right side - line the bocal up with the hole.


Oboes & Bassoons - Have 8 medium easy reeds & Reedguard, SWAB
send the swab through the instrument after playing each time

Oboe & Bassoon Websites

Oboe         Bassoon

DSO Kids is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's site.  It's mission is to provide attractive, accessible and child-friendly resources that introduce symphonic music, the orchestra and its instruments, and to encourage both adults and young people to explore the world of the symphony orchestra.

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Bassoon Resources and Information

Double Reed Specialty Stores

Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds

Forrests Music

Charles Double Reeds

Hodge Products, Inc.

Miller Marketing

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