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Author: shutes 
Date:   2007-01-30 01:29

i recently have picked up a habit of biting for the top half of the notes (from like Bb all the way to the top), especially when playing slower excerpts and solos. i am really trying to say LA instead of biting, but im having trouble and its hurting my mouth. does anyone have any suggestions of how i can break this habit?

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 Re: biting
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-02-09 20:45

No replies yet, so as you can see this is a common problem and hard to diagnose without someone right in front of you. Can this have started with a reed that was too tough? If so, maybe you should switch to a really soft reed, even if your top notes sound terribly reedy, to get you out of the habit.

Anyone else with any ideas?

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 Re: biting
Author: cairngorm 
Date:   2007-02-11 01:49

P.S. Did you just get braces on your teeth, by any chance?

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 Re: biting
Author: sandy 
Date:   2007-03-15 07:01

maybe you shouldn't switch to a softer reed because i found that it can actually cause the problem, maybe the reed is just too open or the tip is not finished properly. it could also indicate that your supporting enough with you diaphram and your biting the reed to get the notes out.... try octave excersises and use your airspeed and diaphram to get the next octave NOT your mouth.... hope that helps


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 Re: biting
Author: vgellin 
Date:   2007-04-06 20:23

First of check to see if your first wire is firm on the tube. It shouldn't wobble at all!! Secondly your reed needs to feed a "C" into the bassoon. Take you bocal and reed and play them alone into a strobe. You should get a flatish C. If my first wire is loose the reed just won't stay easily on the upper register on it own. Also how long do you play before this happens?

Vincent Ellin
Bassoon Soloist

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