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Petrulis, Stanley||Fred, Bernhart G., 1914-1986||Smith, Wilbur A.

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M. Mus. (Master of Music)

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Department of Music




This paper is a compilation of the basic types of bassoon reeds, styles of trimming reeds, and problems in bassoon reed making and adjustment. The first chapter makes a comparison of the two basic types of bassoon reels--the French and the German. Three b:sic concepts of the longitudinal contour of the lay (that portion of the reed from which the bark is trimmed) are the "parallel”, the "wedge", and the "double­wedge". This is shown as a cross-section in figure 2. Four common methods of trimming the blade of the reed are also illustrated in this chapter. Finishing the lay in the double-wedge contour is discussed in the second chapter. The merman style reed is made with this type of lay. This is probably the most popular style of reed use! in this country. The third chapter discusses problems in adjusting the reed. Each section describes a faulty response in the reed, gives the probable cause, and suggests methods for alleviating the difficulty. Many errors made in scraping the lay are predetermined by errors made in the formation of the tube. The fourth chapter examines some common errors made in forming the tube and shows how the resulting imperfections may prevent achieving a good lay. The fifth chapter shows some errors made in finishing the tips of the reed with the probable causes given for each error.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrrations.


22 pages




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