Earliest Instruments to the Present
Fingerings for the earliest bassoon, which was developed in the late 1650s into the 1700s during the Baroque Period, are listed here as well as fingerings for its precursors, the dulcian and the shawm.
In the 1880s two schools of bassoon-making arose: the French school under Buffet and the German school under Heckel. Each had it own solutions to tone production, fingering and intonation. Both sets of fingerings are included here along with those for the contrabassoon.