Bassoon Sight Reading aims to establish good practice and provide a comprehensive source of material to enable the player to prepare for this most important skill. Ideally, sight- reading in some form should become a regular part of a student's routine each time they play.
This book offers the opportunity to establish the habit from the earliest stages of playing and follows a logical sequence of progression in range of notes, variety of times, keys and rhythms to cover the whole spectrum of bassoon playing.
A glossary of musical terms is provided to help the student learn them and those used are given at the introduction to each section.
There are 11 sections beginning with the 5 notes G to C and with basic note values. Phrasing, dynamics, rhythms and articulations are introduced gradually as are terms of tempo and expression. The emphasis is on providing idiomatic tunes and structures rather than sterile sight-reading exercises. Each section begins with several solo examples and concludes with duets and an accompanied piece, enabling the player to gain experience of sight-reading within the context of ensemble playing.
The value of duets in this book cannot be overemphasised as it gives the opportunity to listen to another player, aids good time keeping and assists with intonation and the development of a good tone. The final pieces at the end of each section offer the chance to read a short piece with a piano accompaniment.