How to Swab Your Bassoon
Why should you swab your bassoon?
Swabbing your bassoon should be done every time after you play to keep the pads and wood dry. You will need two swabs - one for the body and one for the bocal. Hodge makes silk swabs designed for both of these purposes.
1. Start by removing the bocal and blowing fast air through it to remove some of the moisture.
2. Insert the metal end of your bocal swab into the large end and pull it through. There is usually a lot of build-up in the bocal, so it’s important to swab it regularly.
3. Take the boot joint and drop the weighted end of your swab into the larger hole. Then shake it to get the string into the other side, tip it upside down, and pull the weighted end through the smaller hole. Repeat this a few times to remove all of the moisture.
As most of the moisture sits in the side with the small hole, inserting the cloth into the larger hole will prevent pulling moisture through the side that wasn’t wet to begin with.
4. Use your swab to wipe out any moisture sitting in the joints as well.
5. Take your wing joint and drop the weighted end of the swab down the larger tube opening. Then, simply pull it out the other end and repeat a couple of times.
Now your bassoon is free from moisture and ready to be put back in the case!