Monday, February 11, 2008
No bassoon, please
I don't play the bassoon. I know there are many woodwind specialists and doublers out there who play both oboe and bassoon, but I am an oboist. The two instruments are completely different. I don't know how to put a bassoon together. I don't know any fingerings. I know squat about their reeds. Yes, we are both double reed instruments. But if you pull a bassoonist and an oboist out of band to have them work on their music together (say, with a specialist), they are most likely going to have completely different parts to work on. This is frustrating as a so-called specialist. Of course I can talk about musical issues. I am quite happy to listen to the student play the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, but it is a disservice to the student to not offer a bassoon specialist. Their band teacher plays bassoon. That's wonderful. At least they'll have that resource at a time outside of sectionals, for which I'm hired. But when you put the oboes and bassoons together, they are not going to get the same level of instruction (including the oboes, as my attention is split and my expertise is not being utilized) as the other sections. And the band teacher's response to "I don't play the bassoon"?..."Just have fun!" Sigh.