Had a Trio Last Night

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  1. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

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    Since we're all vaxxed I met with my band director and another band-mate for some flute/oboe/bassoon fun. First time I'd touched the bassoon in over a year, and the first time any of us had rehearsed since the pandemic began. Our embouchures were shot after only 4 pages of a chart - nice early 18th-century chamber music by a French composer I'd never heard of - even with a lot of breaks and gabbing. It's going to be a regular thing! I'd almost forgotten how wonderful it is to play with others. This will motivate me to practice more, too, though it will cut into guitar time.
     
  2. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
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    Very Cool. I'd love to see your bassoon.
     
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Can you actually say that in polite company?

    My favorite bassoon/oboe tune is the version of "Funeral March for a Marionette" used on the old Alfred Hitchcock show.
     
  4. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
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    Of course not. That's why I asked. :p
     
  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad you had fun . Yea , pics or it didn't happen ;)
     
  6. MrWookiee

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    Horn pic, as requested.
    Mom, Dad, ... I'm a trans-sectional.

    Tha bassoon is an old Mirafone, on loan to me by our local orchestra. Halfway decent bassoons are waaaaay to spendy for me to afford, even used.

    I should mention that the composer was Flemish, not French. No offense meant to friends of either persuasion. Specifically, the piece is by the "London Loeillet", not to be confused with a couple of his contemporaries who bore the same name.
     

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  7. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
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    Very cool. Always had a soft spot for double Reed instruments . . . perhaps because I've never played one myself.
     
  8. MrWookiee

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    I'd recommend giving one a try, for giggles. You pretty much have to know someone local, or play in a school band to get your hands on a loaner, though. Fun fact: when my bassoon chops were very strong, back in high school, I tried playing a friend's oboe; couldn't get the the horn to make so much as a squeak! Oboe (and French horn) players must have chops of unobtanium!
     
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  9. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

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    This thread isn’t nearly as randy as the title had suggested :eek::eek::eek:;);)
     
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  10. MrWookiee

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    Sounds like your mind is in the gutter. Glad I'm not the only one thus afflicted!! :D
     
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  11. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
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    Great that you are getting back into playing with others! And a bassoon, very cool. Only reed instrument I ever had in my hands was my kid's clarinet and it wasn't what one could call a success... I did play a coronet in my school's band and "jazz band" so had lots of exposure to different instruments; but there were, unfortunately, other things to focus on at that age.
    Anyway - enjoy your sessions !!
     
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  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    For anyone that thinks guitars are expensive, just price brass or woodwind instruments.
     
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  13. dougmon

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    My current favorite bassoon music.



    Sorry if this is a non sequitur.
     
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  14. MrWookiee

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    Yeah, there are a few guys out there doing some pretty wild things with electric/mic'd bassoons these days. I saw a video of our last jr. college band concert and said "I need an amp." The problem in an orchestral setting is micing the instrument in a way that doesn't change the timbre or pick up the sound of the keys clacking, because the sound doesn't emanate from the bell unless you're playing in the low register. One guy's pro rig uses 3 mics and 3 preamps going into whatever his amp is. Each mic is several hundred $$ so too rich for an amateur. The pro dude (I disremember his name) plays everything from Bach to Boogie to Bird.
     
  15. Scamp

    Scamp Gretschie

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    I used to play oboe. Started in Jr High and through city collage. Played sax in marching band. I don't think I could even get a honk out of it now. LOL That little double reed was a killer. That's also about the time I started playing guitar.
    One thing I've always been glad of is I learned to read music. Now days it seems everything is in tab and confuses me. I keep looking at the tab as musical notes and it don't work that way. Back to getting piano music.
    Must have been fun bring back some old playing days. Little harder to get that embouchures back in shape than getting the fingers moving on the neck of a guitar after a long layoff.
    Have fun.
     
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  16. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool
     
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