The bassoon plays really low, and forms the bass of the wind section. Like the oboe, you make the sound by blowing between two reeds, and just like the oboe, not enough people play it!

It can be called on to play tunes, but more commonly it’s found supporting the harmonies and giving depth and weight to the sound. You don’t get too many solos, and it nearly always plays classical music – could you be the first famous jazz bassoonist?!

Not so many famous bassoon players – they like to sit in the background! Try searching for ‘bassoon’ and you’ll find loads of amazing playing.

We teach the bassoon in schools across the borough and at Newham Music Academy, our after-school and Saturday music centre. To enquire about lessons please email or call us on 020 3598 6260.

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