Sigh. High F. Sure, I can squeeze it out using a high note reed or an Allgood high bocal, but I want to be able to add F5 to my repertoire of everyday notes. My goal is to be able to include F5 in scale practice using my everyday Heckel CC1 bocal. (Is this goal reasonable?)
My current bassoon (Heckel 15421) enables me to play reliably up to high E (E5) on regular reeds (as opposed to "high" reeds), and I am glad that my scale routines can cover the bassoon from Bflat1 through E5 without altering my equipment in any way. But now I want to expand to F5!
This is the only fingering I've had any success with:
It only works for me some of the time, on certain reeds. I am using a very tight embouchure which is parallel (no overbite).
Do you have any solutions?! Please comment here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the solutions in a later blog post. I'm interested in any information or suggestions offered, even if it involves alteration of equipment!