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I don't really know about that. I've played contra a few times and although you do have some control it's no different than a regular bassoon. By that, the notes are keyed the same, they're just an octave lower.

You can use embouchure to "adjust" some of the lower notes to what you want them to be. I mean, I've pitched a low Bb down to a flat Ab but, that's as much as I can do.

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i would have to say brass cuz you have to be changing ambisure so many dang times...

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i would have to say brass cuz you have to be changing ambisure so many dang times...

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Drop your jaw and make it feel like you are choking, sometimes it will tickle a bit in the very low back of your throat.

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hear hear. i second that one.

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Runs are hardest on the glockenspiel. You need to have amazing accuracy and technique, if you miss a note in performance, you just have to live with it, you can't stop unless you know which note you mis-hit and stop the vibrations with your hand, without accidentally stoping the other notes from ringing and without missing other parts of your music.

You think I'm kidding, but I think my most stressful concert performance ever was when I had to do a 16th note run for two measures during a crescendo and it was a solo! I made it through, but I had to take a breath afterwards.

Honestly, though, your question is like comparing apples to oranges, arguments could be made for any instrument about how difficult it is, that was my main point, I kinda got sidetracked....

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