Weissenborn Opus 8/2, Study #49 for advanced bassoon students. Fingerings for Eb5. Adjustments to the reed for high register playing on the bassoon. Guest performer Collin Walter. By Terry B. Ewell, Bassoon Digital Professor. BDP#157.

维斯伯恩 练习曲视频 49 (Practicing Weissenborn Study #49)


维斯伯恩作品Op. 8/2,第49首,为高级巴松学生而做。这首练习曲的侧重点在降E5的指法,以及在巴松的高音区如何调整簧片。特邀演奏家科林.沃特。唐英伟博士,巴松管数码教授,

Translated by Xiao Liang


Welcome, this is Terry Ewell. Weissenborn Study #49 expands the range of the instrument to Eb5. This note, however, is a problematic pitch on the German system bassoon. It does not articulate well or respond well to large slurs.


Line 1, Eb 5

Let me leave you with several fingering possibilities for Eb5. Please be aware that none of them will perform as satisfactorily as fingerings for D5.


Eb5Eb5, Alternate

You might find it helpful to look at the other suggestions listed in the Bassoon-Family Fingering Companion.


Here are fingerings for the trills presented in the study:


Line 3 Trills

I perform the mordents in line 5 with these fingerings:


Line 5, mordents



Most performers find it helpful to use a reed adjusted for the high register to effectively perform this and the next study. My videos on reed finishing (BDP# 86-91) present my concepts and suggestions for adjusting bassoon reeds. I encourage you to study them carefully and the companion article “A Pedagogy for Finishing Reeds for the German-System (Heckel-System) Bassoon.”  A link to the revised paper is available here:



Full reference: “A Pedagogy for Finishing Reeds for the German-System (Heckel-System) Bassoon,” The Double Reed 23/3 (2000): 99-108. 

Smaller reeds favor higher pitches. This is why an oboe reed is smaller than a bassoon reed, for instance. Creating a smaller bassoon reed will aid the higher notes. You can shorten the blade by cutting the tip.


The poor man’s way to cut the tip is to use scissors. The traditional way to cut the tip is to use a knife and cutting block. Use a different knife than the one you use for scraping, because cutting the reed tip will dull the knife.

一些人切割尖端所用的工具是剪刀。传统方法是用刀和一个切割块。用一把你不用来擦刮的刀来做这些,因为切割簧片会使刀变钝。 2.    你也可以使苇片变窄。

You could also narrow the blade.


Also a narrow throat helps the high register.


In addition, rounding the first and second wires provides more tension in the blade and aids with the higher harmonics and the higher notes on the instrument.


A high note reed also features a greater heart to wings ratio and a greater spine to rail ratio. Concepts of these ratios are detailed in my paper.


Depending on the style of your normal bassoon reed, you may not need to make all of the adjustments given above. Just two adjustments may be all that is required for you.