A book for bassoonists seeking motivation for practicing, solutions to playing problems and development as creative, independent musicians. ISBN 978-0-9830034-4-1. 185 pages with musical examples.
* For bassoonists (beyond beginners) but applicable to other wind instrumentalists.
* For professionals and amateurs.
* For bassoon teachers and music educators.
This book has been selected as a text for the bassoon studio at Butler University, by Dr. Douglas Spaniol, professor of bassoon. Professor Francesca Davenport reports she uses the book at both the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Federico Sardi reports it is used a the Escuala de Musica Municipal in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Unsolicited endorsement from a former student Canada
" . . . . It's like lessons with you in book form. Bravo!"
" . . . . this one is next to my bed, and more than a few times my wife has "caught" me reading or re-reading sections of it until 1 or 2am."
An unsolicited endorsement posted on the IDRS Forum and used with permission:
"I'm not exactly an adult beginner -- I've been playing bassoon on and off for over 30 years and have played a few other instruments, as well -- but I did leave the bassoon for 10 solid years and have been having trouble getting technique back. At the risk of sounding like some sort of Chris Weait groupie =, I can highly recommend Chris's complete collection of spiral-bound books: Bassoon Strategies for the Next Level; Bassoon Scales for Reading; Bassoon Intervals for Reading
I have the second and third of these actually on one of my two music stands in my "studio" (sadly, more or less a walk-in closet ... sigh) and use one or both almost every time I practice. I find that even just doing one page or so, slowly and thoughtfully, has really helped me in the last year+ that I've really tried to focus on building up my hand-brain coordination. The "next level" book is a terrific informational and inspirational work that you can refer to again and again -- this one is next to my bed, and more than a few times my wife has "caught" me reading or re-reading sections of it until 1 or 2am.
I short, these books are terrific supplements to whatever repertoire, orchestral works, or technique / method books you may be using. I wish I'd had access to them when I was younger and my hands were better!" T.M. New Jersey