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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000110.txt from 2000/07

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] extra keys & fingering question
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 15:30:37 -0400

On Mon, 3 Jul 2000, Richard Bush wrote:

> From an acoustical view point, a forked fingering is one that
> represents a venting of closed, open and then closed. (This acoustical
> "latticework" is certainly familiar to anyone who plays recorders.) An
> example of this on clarinet is the 1 and 1 fingering for Eb/Bb, or the
> fingering that utilizes the linkage between the two main sections of
> the soprano clarinet.

I have always heard such fingerings referred to generically as "cross
fingerings." By definition, that would mean any fingering in which there
are closed tone holes below the highest open one. For example, the usual
fingering for chalumeau B natural is a cross fingering, as are the
so-called "sliver key" fingerings for B/f# and Eb/Bb. "Fork fingering"
then refers more specifically to a fingering which uses the 1st finger/3rd
finger combination on either hand, and is therefore a type of cross
fingering. An example would be the 1 + 3 fingering for Eb/Bb on a
full-Boehm system clarinet.

An advantage of this terminology for a doubler such as myself is that it
can be applied to all the woodwinds, which makes possible more precise
communication about such things.

Ed Lacy

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