Technique on the Contrabassoon, because of its different fingering scheme, is different than that of the Bassoon, but not radically so. In fact, some things are easier on the Contra than on the Bassoon.
All that said, the technique of the Contrabassoon is the least refined of all the instruments in the orchestra. The good news is, the Contra does not need to be as agile as any of the other instruments. As the lowest instrument in whatever ensemble its presence graces, the notes must necessarily be slower. Continue reading “Taming the Beast – Advanced Orchestrating for Contrabassoon – Part 2 – Technique”