Front and back view of a bassoon
Front and back view of a bassoon
 
 
Bassoon in a case
Bassoon in a case
 
 
Close up of a bassoon reed
Close up of a bassoon reed
 
 
Correct way to hold a bassoon
Correct way to hold a bassoon
 
 
Blowing into a bassoon
Blowing into a bassoon
 
 
Painting by Degas showing a man playing a bassoon
Painting by Degas showing a man playing a bassoon
 
 
Judith LeClair, famous bassoon player
Judith LeClair, famous bassoon player
 
Bassoon
Topic(s):   Musical Instruments
Quick Facts
Type (family) woodwind
Material wood and metal
Invented 1800s
Famous Musician Judith LeClair

The bassoon is a large woodwind instrument. It has a long tube shape. It has holes and keys. The mouthpiece is long and skinny. Two pieces of wood, called reeds, are tied together. This is called a double reed. Blowing between the reeds on the mouthpiece makes the sound of the bassoon.

The sound made by a bassoon is very low. A player sits to play the bassoon. The bassoon is held in front of the player. It is too heavy to hold with hands alone. The player sits on a strap attached to the bottom of the bassoon. It is a difficult instrument to learn and play.

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