Taming the Beast – Advanced Orchestrating for Contrabassoon – Part 1 – Fingerings

I’ve said previously that the Contrabassoon is the most misunderstood and misused of all the woodwind instrument.  Strike that – the most misunderstood of all orchestral or band instruments.  As a Contrabassoonist, I’d like to offer my advice on how best to score for the instrument, the technique, and an all-around guide to everything Contra.

I will only be addressing the standard Contrabassoon, not the redesigned Contraforte or the Fast-System Contrabassoon.

Key System

Unlike all other auxiliary woodwinds, the Contra’s fingering system differs significantly from the primary instrument.

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