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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000490.txt from 2001/04

From: "Jonathan" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Higest clarinet note
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 10:31:54 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Higest clarinet note

> Your message is unclear. What note are you calling middle C? The correct
> definition of middle C is one ledger line below the treble staff. Middle
> is named such because is lies in the "middle" of the Grand Staff, i.e. the
> piano staff.
> The clarinet can easily play to the G that is four ledger lines above the
> staff. Advanced players can play the C that is above the 5th ledger line
> above the staff. I've seen fingerings for a note or two above that.
> Theoretically one can go even higher but in practice it would take too
> a reed, etc and besides it wouldn't sound good.
> Dee Hays
> Michigan

In a recording I have, Benny Goodman played two C's above the staff, held it
for a few measures, then played the D# above_that_. This is probably a big
reason for my Benny Goodman/Sing, Sing, Sing bias. Well, I was a beginner
at the time, so maybe I was just easily impressed.

I've been able to match these notes and have them sound decent. Fun stuff.
I haven't been able, nor have I tried, to go higher. Although for some
weird reason, I want to be able to say that I can play five E's. I know
I'll never use it. Most will say anything above a G is impractical and
won't be used - usually. I have played one song, however, that asks for the
Bflat above that, but in a divisi section. We all just played the lower
notes, being an octave lower.


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