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Weait - Bassoon Strategies for the Next Level
A book for bassoonists seeking motivation for practicing, solutions to playing problems and development as creative, independent musicians. ISBN 978-0-9830034-4-1
* For bassoonists (beyond beginners) but applicable to other wind instrumentalists.
* For professionals and amateurs.
* For bassoon teachers and music educators.
185 pages with musical examples.
" . . . . this one is next to my bed, and more than a few times my wife has "caught" me reading or re-reading sections of it until 1 or 2am."
An unsolicited endorsement posted on the IDRS Forum and used with permission:
"I'm not exactly an adult beginner -- I've been playing bassoon on and off for over 30 years and have played a few other instruments, as well -- but I did leave the bassoon for 10 solid years and have been having trouble getting technique back. At the risk of sounding like some sort of Chris Weait groupie =, I can highly recommend Chris's complete collection of spiral-bound books: Bassoon Strategies for the Next Level; Bassoon Scales for Reading; Bassoon Intervals for Reading
I have the second and third of these actually on one of my two music stands in my "studio" (sadly, more or less a walk-in closet ... sigh) and use one or both almost every time I practice. I find that even just doing one page or so, slowly and thoughtfully, has really helped me in the last year+ that I've really tried to focus on building up my hand-brain coordination. The "next level" book is a terrific informational and inspirational work that you can refer to again and again -- this one is next to my bed, and more than a few times my wife has "caught" me reading or re-reading sections of it until 1 or 2am.
I short, these books are terrific supplements to whatever repertoire, orchestral works, or technique / method books you may be using. I wish I'd had access to them when I was younger and my hands were better!" T.M. New Jersey