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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000297.txt from 1997/12

From: Dee Hays <>
Subj: Re: Rocky Point Holiday/B to D trill
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 20:26:43 -0500

H I everyone! wrote:

> My band director has recently got us playing Rocky Point Holiday, which
> is a cool piece for those who haven't heard it. Anyway, my questionms i=
> how ( what alternate fingerings can be used) to trill between a b above
> the staff, to a d above???? I am havein trouble aslo with another part,
> in going from Eb to F to G sharp to B then back to Eb fluently and
> articulatly ( the tempo is 174 to the quarter, and it is in all
> sixteenths, staccato)...And I constantly am being yelled at for not
> playing it well, But I am only a junior in High School, and I am not
> quite that amazing...yet ( don't I wish 8=A4=DE)

There is an excellent trill chart in the middle of the Rubank Advanced
Method book. I can't find mine right now (I'm getting ready for a busine=
trip and don't have time to look) or I would just put some fingers here. =
to D is technically a tremolo rather than a trill but using one of the tr=
fingerings may help you out. For the other sequence, Eb to F to G#, tril=
fingerings will probably help quite a bit as I suspect that you are
currently using the fingerings for the chromatic scale.

Also at this stage you would probably benefit from the extensive fingerin=
charts that come with this method book and/or the Klose complete method.
These both give extensive alternate fingerings for the altissimo notes.
There is also a Tom Ridenour / Leblanc publication that I have read about
and am planning to purchase for myself. It is quite extensive. Altissim=
o G
has 10 or more recorded fingerings. Good fingering charts should be a pa=
of every clarinettist's library.

Both of these method books are also valuable for the study material they
contain, not just the fingering charts.

Also on fast passages like this, select the fingerings for ease of play
rather that accuracy of pitch. BUT on slow passages select for pitch
accuracy. Alternate fingerings can vary noticeably in intonation.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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