The Bassoon Reed Manual

The Bassoon Reed Manual : Lou Skinner's Theories and Techniques

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... an extraordinary book, monumental and challenging... Buy this book and immerse yourself in it. You will enter a new world." -American Musical Instrument Society Newsletter

With the help of author James McKay, the late Louis Skinner, America's master bassoon reedmaker, documented his techniques for making specialized and general purpose reeds for the bassoon and the contrabassoon. In this work, step-by-step explanations of reedmaking techniques are complemented by photographs and drawings, making every procedure clear. Throughout, the emphasis is on giving practical advice, not just giving steps to follow but explaining why they are important.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 63 b&w photos, 21 color photos
  • 0253213126
  • 9780253213129
  • 1,274,175

Table of contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1. Theoretical Principles and Concepts
2. Essential Tools for Reed Making
3. The Straight-Taper Reed: Lou Skinner's Interpretation of Mechler's Reed
4. The Tip-Taper Reed: Lou Skinner's Interpretation of Knockenhauer's Reed
5. Variations to the Tube
6. Variations to the Gouge and the Inside of the Blades and Tubes
7. Variations to the Outside of the Blades
8. Special Reeds and Processes
9. A Comparison of the Mechler and Knockenhauer Reeds
10. Contrabassoon Reeds
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Review quote

"This book codifies the practices of a man who devoted his life to researching and developing practices to improve the art of reedmaking - Louis Skinner... This is the written account of what in the past has been an oral (and aural) tradition passed down from the bassoon teacher to the students... Lou Skinner catalogued his reed experimentation, and over the years developed these unique techniques that are unknown refinements to the traditional reedmaker. Only those persons who went and studied with Skinner directly were made aware of them in the past." - Ronald Klimko, University of Idaho, Moscow "Reading Skinner's comments one is struck by the logic and clarity of his analysis, thinking, and explanations. His consideration of reed characteristics is universal; he accounts for all of the physical factors: embouchure, air supply, pitch level, cane strength." - Christopher Weait, Ohio State University
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About William Woodward

James McKay is Chair of Music Performance at the University of Western Ontario.

Russel Hinkle (bio data to come).

William Woodward has a mail-order reed business and (bio data to come).
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