The Bassoon Reed Manual

The Bassoon Reed Manual

Lou Skinner’s Theories and Techniques
McKay, James R.; Hinkle, Russel; Woodward, William
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/2001
Format: Paperback 63 b&w photos, 21 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21312-9
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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.

Author Bio

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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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