The Way of Cane

The Science, Craft, and Art of Bassoon Reed-making

As the sound-producing mechanism for the bassoon, the reed is a vital component in the sound of the entire instrument. While pre-manufactured reeds are widely available for purchase at music stores, this one-size-fits-all option hardly does justice to the unique needs of the musician and the piece. Les mer
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As the sound-producing mechanism for the bassoon, the reed is a vital component in the sound of the entire instrument. While pre-manufactured reeds are widely available for purchase at music stores, this one-size-fits-all option hardly does justice to the unique needs of the musician and the piece. Many bassoonists, including seasoned professional bassoonist Eric Arbiter, instead choose to craft their own reeds. A nuanced and difficult craft to master, reed-making
involves specialized machinery and necessitates special attention to the thickness, and even topography, of the reed itself. When done correctly, however, this process results in a reed that not only produces a more beautiful sound, but also holds up to even the most demanding musical performances.

In The Way of Cane, Arbiter demystifies this process for bassoonists of all levels of experience. Drawing from his decades-long experience as both musician and reed-maker, Arbiter provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the craft, from the differing sound qualities produced by changing the dimensions of the reed's blades to the changes in the reed's behaviors as it passes through cycles of wetting and drying during production. Small changes in each of these variables,
Arbiter explains, contribute to the ultimate goal of producing a bassoonist's ideal sound. With step-by-step instructions, detailed photos that further illuminate the reed-making process, and a companion website featuring the author's own recordings. The Way of Cane emphasizes the importance of the reed to the
bassoon's sound, as well as the harmony between reed and musician.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction
Dedication
Acknowledgements

Part I: Foundations
1. Underlying Direction
2. Beginner's Mind and Not Knowing
3. Musical Influences and Reed-Making
4. Test It For Yourself
5. Machines for Bassoonists On a Limited Reed-making Budget
6. Using a Dial Indicator
7. Chains of Causes and Conditions in Reed-work
8. The Embouchure And Its Relationship To The Tip Opening
9. Bocals
10. Cycles of Reeds
11. The Study of Cane. Size, straightness and density

Part II: Reed-making procedures
12. Gouging
13. Some Thoughts about Shapers
14. Some Thoughts About Profile Types
15. Forming the Tube, Beveling and Wrapping
16. Finishing Strategies
Workflow Chart for the Way of Cane

Part III: Performance
17. The Reed Notebook
18. More on Fingerings
19. Efficient Practicing
20. Prolonging A Reed's Life
21. Tonguing and Double-Tonguing
22. Notes for the Recordings

Part IV: Supplemental Material
23. Adjusting and Setting Reed Machines
24. Cane Hardness Testing
25. A Correspondence with Norman Herzberg
26. Auditions

A Summary of the Way of Cane
Afterword
Appendices
Bibliography

Om forfatteren

Eric Arbiter is a professional musician and photographer. He played with the Houston Symphony as Associate Principal Bassoonist for 45 years, and has performed with several other groups including Da Camera, the Harvard Chamber Players, and the San Antonio Chamber Players. He was also Assistant Professor of Music at Rice University for 19 years, where he chaired the wind department.