You’re never ever too old to start learning an instrument. Heck, I’m 18 too and I picked up viola a few months ago.
But bassoon is a TOUGH instrument, I’ll warn you. You should only go through with it if you’re really serious about learning it. Double reeds are difficult and frustrating. But if it’s something you really want to do, then do it. Otherwise you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.
The worst that could happen by trying it is that you won’t like it and you’ll quit. Which is better than regretting not trying it.
This is another odd question to me, because everywhere I ever was they put the better wind players in orchestra. Are you positive it’s a demotion?
But with the understanding that not everywhere is the same, here’s my advice. Keep practicing to get up to where you once were. Get used to the instrument again and it will come back to you. It’s always frustrating to come back to something after a break, and while you were on hiatus the other oboists weren’t and were improving. This gap is not impossible to overcome, as it might be for someone who was starting from scratch. Accept that you’ll need time to get back to where you once were, but if you give your oboe some TLC it will come back to you and you’ll start to improve and get better again.
Not really, no. The best you can do is practice as much as you can in the time still available to you (with no distractions. None.) and use this to learn from your mistake.
If you still have days before the audition, you still have time, but don’t expect the best results.
If you have hours, practice what you can, slow down the tempo, and don’t overdo it or else you’ll wear yourself out. It would be better to play it too slow and correctly, than sloppy and up to tempo. Worry about tempo the least, if you’ve gotten to the “hours” mark, it’s best to look at dynamics and accidentals and basics.
I’m probably not the best person to ask because where I come from double reed players are so rare that you can get into an advanced band just by existing/breathing
But really, just practice your butt off. Work on your tone and technique, listen to really good bassoon players to motivate yourself and find a sound you like to work towards. Knowing what you want to sound like helps more than I can tell you.
Then I say chuck it.
Who needs a soul anyway
good reeds are worth it
No. This woman gave you life.
But a sibling or cousin is totally forfeit.
you mean autotune and synth and fake instruments?
Maybe you should just call them out on how wrong they are instead. But they probably would never understand even if you hit them over the head with a brick the size of how wrong they are. Sometimes it’s better not to argue with idiots. I would just avoid that person for the rest of your life.
(Adding on that I respect Nicki Minaj a lot as a person from what I’ve seen of her interviews and stuff but you’ll never get me to like her music. Ever.)
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