Welcome, this is Terry Ewell.

1. Weissenborn study #13 starts with a tongued run that is best played “on the wind.” By this I mean that the player should provide the same air support and phrase shaping as if the notes were slurred. Avoid excessive jaw movements, if you can. Instead shape the length of the notes with the tongue. For further information on “playing on the wind” please see Bassoon Digital Professor video #56.

2. Avoid pulsing on the dot of the dotted notes (dotted quarter notes). Here is a way that students often play:

Dotted Notes
3. Instead the melody line shouldn’t be interrupted with these extra accents on the dots of dotted notes.

4. There are common counting errors that students make in this study. Be sure that the quarter note followed by the eighth rest in line one are accurate. Also don’t add a beat after the A4 at the end of the second line.


Counting A4
5. I use alternate fingerings to help perform the sixteenth notes in line 3. Normally I play G4 with the whisper (piano) key down. Here I leave it off to move quickly to the left hand only fingering for A4.

Alternate Fingering
6. By the way you can view my standard fingerings at:

7. The flick key “C” is best held down for repeated tongued notes in a scale with A3, Bb3, B3, and C4. For instance, in line 5 measures 4-6 you should have the C flick key depressed to improve articulation as given here. Also this technique is employed in the second measure of the study and elsewhere.

8. I also use the flick key for slurred intervals of a third or more. For instance, I flick the A3 at the end of line 6.

9. When Weissenborn gives a fermata in the music he implies a slight rallentando or slowing down prior to the fermata. Sometimes he will indicate this in the music and sometimes it will not be there.




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