Really? I never pictured bassoon players as the serious type. I admit I don't really know many bassoon players, but I've noticed that musicians I've met who play any of the other low range instruments all seem to have a well established sense of fun!
A goal of just playing to have fun is fine; there is no requirement to achieve mastery at an expert level. But the thing about just having fun playing vs. gaining ability on the instrument is that it is a false dichotomy. Playing tunes is obviously more fun than exercises, no question about it, even for those people who do sort of enjoy the exercises. But struggling endlessly to make a tune sound just OK isn't really as much fun as spending that time playing that same tune well enough to enjoy, and then having the chance to explore the subtleties of playing it.
Exercises to help gain skill aren't an end in themselves, just a possible way toward being able to do what you want with the instrument. A little bit goes a long way. Working through scales repetitively every practice time? Probably not. I certainly don't do that. Playing around with the relevant scale(s) for a little while, and exploring the fingering options and chords for a little while as part of my approach to trying a tune in a less familiar key? Yes, I'll do that. It definitely helps with my initial struggle to find the right fingering to pick out the tune. I also notice that when it is relevant to a tune I am looking forward to learning, then even going through a scale becomes a little fun.
Edited by Tradewinds Ted, 20 December 2016 - 01:09 AM.