Exercise Based on “Tchaikovsky 6”

This is a technical exercise for bassoon that emphasizes the lower register.

Exercise based on Tchaikovsky 6

It’s a really great exercise to develop 2nd bassoon playing in an orchestra. There is a lot of left thumb work and this pattern can go all the way up to the highest register as well. You are executing this pattern using all of the keys.

The order of notes can also be shuffled around within a small intervalic space similar to the Hanon Piano exercises (a wonderful resource for developing technique). Simon Kovar’s Bassoon book is also an excellent resource.

Download the exercise here

Author: Kathleen McLean

Kathleen McLean is Yamaha Performing Artist & servers as Associate Professor of Music & chair of the Woodwind Department at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Kathleen is a sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, recitalist, and teacher.