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