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 Re: Flat altissimo
Author: mrn 
Date:   2010-06-18 22:58

Actually it's normal for the clarinet to go flat in the altissimo register. In order to play in tune up there you almost always have to make some kind of correction to the pitch, whether through voicing or fingerings or both. At least that's been my experience.

Do you have your RH pinky on the Ab/Eb key? If not, then try putting it down, and see if that helps.

If you have your RH pinky down and that doesn't help enough, try using the RH sliver key (sometimes called the "fork" key) instead, being careful not to press the rings down with it. Many of us who play Buffets have to use this trick on F's and above to get the pitch up--I know I do, and if you look on YouTube there's a video of Stanley Drucker (of the N.Y. Phil.) playing the Weber Concertino where he does, too (on the final F), so I think it's pretty common to have to do this, even among pro players playing on "tweaked to perfection" instruments.

If neither of those solve your problem and it's not possible or practical to get the pitch up with voicing, then I'd start looking at other things.

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