Learn to Play Bassoon: Beginner to Pro in Under Four Hours!

Master the art of Bassoon! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours, for a fraction of the cost.
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  • Lectures 77
  • Length 8 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Bassoon is an instantly recognizable and fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning. Master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great bassoonist.

Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. Each MusicProfessor Bassoon course provides an entire year's worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each course is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Nearly 80 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music for each lesson
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Bassoon-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music
  • Bassoon equipment recommendations
  • Bassoon reed troubleshooting tips

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy's 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Leslie Massenburg began her musical studies with piano at the age of 5. She started playing the bassoon in 1995 and continued to Baylor University for her undergraduate degree in bassoon performance and piano pedagogy. She furthered her bassoon studies with a masters degree from Southern Methodist University and three years at the Aspen Summer Music Festival where she studied with Wilfred Roberts, principal with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Per Hannevold, principal of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, respectively.

Leslie is a frequent substitute with the Dallas Symphony, recently accompanying them on their residency in Vail, as well as the Ft. Worth Symphony, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Leslie is the principal bassoonist for the Las Colinas, Garland, and Arlington Symphonies, the contrabassoonist for the Dallas Wind Symphony and Plano Symphony, and plays second bassoon for Enviso.

Leslie is adjunct bassoon professor for Brookhaven College and has an extensive private teaching studio in the Dallas area. In the summers, she has served as bassoon faculty at Baylor University Summer Music Camps and is the director of the Bassoon Academy of Dallas. She recently completed filming for MusicProfessor, a series of online, interactive bassoon lessons for schools and students without access to a private teacher. Leslie lives with her husband and children in Richardson.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor.com, an online music education company.

What are the requirements?

  • Working Bassoon and Bocal (or Crook)
  • Bassoon Reeds

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Form a correct, strong bassoon embouchure
  • Assemble and care for a bassoon
  • Read and interpret musical notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play a gigantic range on the bassoon

What is the target audience?

  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Bassoon
00:07

Start here! You can download the course's companion sheet music book by clicking on the resources tab or directly from the course navigation menu. 

06:29

Learn about the different parts of the bassoon, including the reed, and how to completely and correctly assemble it.

05:00

Learn how to correctly hold and support the bassoon as well as how to properly sit with perfect posture.

04:44

Learn how to carefully disassemble your bassoon, take care of your reeds, and troubleshoot minor disassembly mishaps.

Section 2: First Notes on the Bassoon
00:09

Let's quickly discuss all of the topics we'll cover in this section.

04:40

Learn how to properly find and set a correct embouchure with and without a reed.

05:56

Learn your first notes on the bassoon, middle C, D, E, and F.

06:53

Learn how to correctly identify and correct response and tone issues.

03:11

Learn the importance of tone position and how to appropriately use the tongue to articulate notes.

02:05

Practice your new notes, F, E, D, and C with tonguing.

02:18

In this final exercise, reinforce your new notes with a tongued articulation.

Section 3: Reading Music
00:14

Let's begin by quickly covering the various topics we'll discuss in this section.

Exercise 1.1 - Longtones
02:43
00:30

Continue playing various combinations of longtones.

Exercise 1.3 - Longtones
00:38
Reading Music
03:35
Exercise 2.1 - Longtones on the Musical Staff
01:00
01:21

Learn how to control your breath over long passages, how to take advantage of breathing between phrases, and how to keep your embouchure focused on the reed.

Exercise 3.1 - Longer Phrases
04:07
Exercise 4.1 - Intervals
06:08
Section 4: Slurring
00:15

Let's begin by reviewing the various topics we'll cover in this section.

06:17

Learn your second set of notes B, A, G, and F.

04:46

Identify your newly learned notes, B, A, G, and F on the staff.

Exercise 1.1 - Half Notes
04:38
Exercise 2.1 - Slurring
01:20
Exercise 3.1 - Repeat Sign
02:43
Section 5: Bassoon Half-Hole
00:20

Let's quickly discuss the various topics we'll cover in this section.

03:59

Once again, let's review how to finger and play some of our new notes, B, A, G, and F and incorporate slurring.

Exercise 1.1 - Quarter Notes
02:29
Note Half-Hole G
Preview
06:39
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know Half-Hole G
03:06
Exercise 3.1 - Half Rests
03:51
Exercise 4.1 - Tying it All Together
06:27
Section 6: Bassoon Flicking
00:22

Let's quickly cover the various topics we'll discuss in this section.

Recap
01:34
08:35

In addition to learning some new high notes, A, B, and C, we also get to learn about a unique Bassoon concept called 'Flicking.'

Exercise 1.1 - A, B, and C on the Staff
09:52
Exercise 1.2 - A, B, and C on the Staff
00:58
Exercise 1.3 - A, B, and C on the Staff
04:18
C-Major Scale
03:54
Time Signature
01:32
Exercise 2.1 - 3_4 Time + Dotted Half Notes
02:52
Melody 1.1 - Peer Gynt
Preview
06:32
Exercise 3.1 - Tying it All together
03:23
Section 7: Enharmonics
00:24

Let's quickly discuss what we'll be covering in this section.

Recap
04:40
Recap, part II
02:22
Note Bb
05:02
Exercise 1.1 - Enharmonics
05:46
F-Major Scale - Key Signature
03:03
Exercise 2.1 - Quarter Rests
04:44
Exercise 3.1 - Incorporating Bb
01:50
Exercise 3.2 - Incorporating Bb
02:07
Exercise 3.3 - Incorporating Bb
01:38
Exercise 4.1 - Duet
02:08
Section 8: Eighth Notes
00:20

Let's begin by quickly discussing the topics we'll cover in this section.

Recap
01:48
Recap, part II
00:57
Exercise 1.1 - Eighth Notes
02:48
Exercise 1.2 - Eighth Notes
02:30
Notes F#, G#
06:16
Exercise 2.1 - Dexterity
02:11
Exercise 2.2 - Getting to know F#
02:08
Exercise 2.3 - Getting to know Low G#
01:13
Exercise 2.4 - Getting to know Half-Hole G#
01:15
G-Major Scale
03:07
Exercise 3.1 - Eighth Notes and F#
02:53
Exercise 4.1 - Bb and B Natural Boogie
04:38
Exercise 5.1 - F# Challenge
02:50
Section 9: Bassoon Articulation
00:27

Let's begin by quickly discussing the topics being covered in this section.

Recap
04:16
Note C#
06:20
A-Major Scale
04:46
Melody 1.1 - Hat Dance
02:50
Melody 2.1 - Mountain King
Preview
03:08
Exercise 1.1 - Articulations - Accents
04:58
Exercise 1.2 - Articulations - Staccato
06:31

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MusicProfessor provides pre-recorded, high-quality online music lessons for students who either can't study with a private teacher or would like to further supplement their education. We do so via a massive library of lessons taught by some of the finest faculty in the country.

WOODWINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

BRASS: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

EXTRACURRICULAR: Music Theory, Conducting, Percussion

MusicProfessor launched in 2012 with a single instrument series, 'Bassoon 101,' but has since expanded to over 12 instrument series with just over 5000 video lessons. Our curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world.

Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum. Fulfill your musical destiny by signing up today!

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