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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000556.txt from 2001/04

From: Gary Truesdail <gir@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Higest clarinet note
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 23:22:53 -0400

High tones for Saxophone by S. Rasher teaches you to use throat control
to assist in producing altissimo tones on the alto sax. I done
correctly the octave key is not needed, although some of the tones are
out of tune. The same techniques can be employed in attaining high
tones on the clarinet. Example: Try going from high E to high A - with
the same fingering used for the high E. I find I must use the throat
(like singing high falsetto) to get these notes. With the right reed
and mtpc and relaxation the tones will come out without sounding
pinched.

Any other comments about this will be appreciated.

GaryT

Jonathan wrote:
>
> Dee D. Hays wrote:
> > >
> > > 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
> > stiff
> > > a reed, etc and besides it wouldn't sound good.
> > >
>
> I wrote:
> >
> > 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
>
> I forgot to add that my reed isn't that stiff (I use a V12 #3 - although I
> should use about a 3 1/4). The trick is basically in the embrochure - it
> took me a decent chunk of time to figure out how I needed to position my
> mouth.
>
> --Jonathan
>
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