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The Bassoon Reed Manual

Lou Skinner's Theories and Techniques

by (author) James R. McKay, Russel Hinkle & William Woodward

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2001
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2001
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". . . an extraordinary book, monumental and challenging . . . Buy this book and immerse yourself in it. You will enter a new world." —American Musical Instrument Society Newsletter

With the help of author James McKay, the late Louis Skinner, America's master bassoon reedmaker, documented his techniques for making specialized and general purpose reeds for the bassoon and the contrabassoon. In this work, step-by-step explanations of reedmaking techniques are complemented by photographs and drawings, making every procedure clear. Throughout, the emphasis is on giving practical advice, not just giving steps to follow but explaining why they are important.

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Contributor Notes

James McKay is Chair of Music Performance at the University of Western Ontario.

Russel Hinkle (bio data to come).

William Woodward has a mail-order reed business and (bio data to come).