The Bassoon

Diagram of the Bassoon & Double Bassoon


Use of the Bassoon

As with most instruments, the bassoon player performs seated with the bassoon leaning to the left.

The player holds the instrument with the left hand.

The left hand fingers and thumb control the keys and finger holes.

The right hand is used just as the left hand to press the keys and finger holes to reach the different pitches of tones.


Song with Bassoon

Video Left: Rui Lopes performs Debussy's 'La fille aux cheveux de lin' from 'Preludes' accompanied by Coline Marie Orliac on harp.

Similar Instruments

Instruments in the bassoon family are the bassoon and double bassoon.


The bassoons are seated centrally in the orchestra behind the oboes, to the right of the clarinets, and in front of the trumpets.

Noteworthy Bassoon Players



Gareth Newman

Alexandr Alexandrov