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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000259.txt from 2001/02

From: "Jim McGlinchey" <>
Subj: [kl] FW: Unstable altissimo notes - a call for help
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 10:39:36 -0500

Subject: Unstable altissimo notes - a call for help

I'm working on the 2nd reed book for 'Fiddler on the Roof'. It's all
clarinet, and
a goodly portion of the book is in the altissimo register. I find that I'm
a lot of the notes as I practice, especially when I'm playing a long
sequence of altissimo
notes, either articulated or slurred. Single altissimo notes don't seem to
be a problem.

I'm using a VanDoren M13Lyre mouthpiece on my Selmer 10S, with either
Mitchell Lurie 3.5
or VanDoren V12 3.5 reeds, and an inverted Bonade ligature. Would a
different set-up be
more reliable in getting the altissimo notes to stabilize?

I know about first-finger-half-holing techniques and have used Tom
Ridenour's alternate
fingerings. Even when I use them, I have the stability problem.

Incidentally, I'm having a lot of fun with the klezmer-style licks and
glissandos. It's
a gas of a part to play.

James A. McGlinchey

Asst. Prof. Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University
Delaware County Campus
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063-5596
(610) 892-1263 (PSU Office)

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