5. Use of a seat strap

To get maximum support from a seat strap, which is by far the best way for a student to support the instrument, the strap should be one-third from the front of the chair. Pressure should be applied sideways with the right leg thigh muscle against the instrument to the point where the bassoon is completely suspended and stationary without either hand on the instrument. This is essential to minimise or remove completely the weight of the bassoon on the left hand.