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 Need optional fingerings for Ab, E, F, Ab
Author: LaurieBell 
Date:   2019-04-06 22:05

I’m working on the Hans Gal Clarinet Sonata op. 84, movement 1, allegro moderato. I’m struggling a bit with the cadenza in measure 78, trying to decide which fingering to use in the low register for the following note sequence: Ab, E, F, Ab. (see attached).

I can only think of two options (and they are both awkward):

1) Going from the Ab to the E, use the left pinky for the E and while it is still depressed switch to the right pinky on the E, before playing the F with left pinky.

2) Going from the Ab to the E, slide the right pinky from the Ab to the E. This makes a lot of key noise, which I can somewhat dampen if I lightly tongue the E.

Does anyone have other suggestions?
(Sorry I tried to attach the image of the notes but it didn't work.)

Post Edited (2019-04-06 22:09)

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 Re: Need optional fingerings for Ab, E, F, Ab
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2019-04-06 23:07

Switch pinkies on either the E or the F. Whichever note you switch on, think of it as two half-length slurred notes that you finger with opposite pinkies.

The Ab-E rh slide is marginally doable, but switching is almost always better.

On standard clarinets various switches and slides are fairly common for pinkies to encounter. Many method or exercises include drills for the techniques, and it's fairly simple to invent one's own.

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 Re: Need optional fingerings for Ab, E, F, Ab
Author: Reformed 
Date:   2019-04-08 12:20

This may be a bit gross for some people, but an old school solution.

Before playing the passage, rub your pinkie on the side of your nostril next to your cheek to pick up some natural body oils.

You will then be able to slide from F to Eb easily.

Alternatively buy some of those nice reform boehms with the rollers for that silde :)

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