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The bassoon is the lowest pitched member of the double reed instruments within the woodwind family. In fact, it is the lowest pitched member of the woodwind family. If you are drawn to rich, deep sounds this is the one for you. However, it is very versatile and can also play extremely high tunes.

Learning to play bassoon

The bassoon is a double reed instruments, which means you have two pieces of cane tied together, which vibrate to make a sound. Making a sound on the bassoon is quite easy and you will immediately be rewarded by sounding good. But the fingering is tricky, and you will need to practise regularly to make progress.

  • Benefits of learning the bassoon

    Learning the bassoon will help to improve memory and concentration. It will develop coordination and strength as it demands great skill on both hands. Playing the bassoon offers opportunities to make music with others in a range of ensembles

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    The bassoon has an enormous range of notes and is asked to play in various styles, so you will never get bored. Its tricky fingering needs practice – your left-hand thumb has 11 keys all to itself! But bassoonists are rare, and you will be in demand. If you like to stand out from the crowd then the bassoon is for you


You can start to learn the bassoon in our low cost group lessons.

Find a bassoon lesson

Lessons are available in some schools or at music centres after school and at weekends.

Hire a bassoon

You don't need to buy your own instrument - you can hire the right size bassoon from us.


The bassoon is one of my favourite instruments. Some people crave baseball ... I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon. –

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Frank Zappa

Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

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