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 Altissimo Notes
Author: EbClarinet 
Date:   2019-11-02 11:29

Is it possible 2 play higher than the altissimo G# on Eb Alto Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet?

I've tried on all 3 and couldn't even get the overblown A out on any of these. R there any players that have ever played any of those notes out on any of these clarinets?

On Bb, I can get altissimo Bb out by biting and a forked fingering. Maybe in about a decade I will try the B and super C out on Bb.

Any ideas?


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 Re: Altissimo Notes
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2019-11-03 02:02

It's certainly perfectly possible to play up to altissimo C on the Bass clarinet. Not a pretty note (when I play it!) and fortunately I have never met it in a score in practice.
I suspect that an experienced pro could actually go higher as in some ways the higher partials are easier to get on the lower pitched instruments.

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 Re: Altissimo Notes
Author: pewd 
Date:   2019-11-05 00:44

Its possible on all clarinets, including contras. You should be able to play chromatically up to high C. If not, on the larger instruments, there is usually a leak somewhere.

I don't find it advisable on Eefers, I prefer to keep my eardrums intact.

Dallas, Texas

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 Re: Altissimo Notes
Author: Peter B 
Date:   2019-11-05 12:15

Zander's Ballade for Bass Clarinet and Piano (https://youtu.be/dRgdH5mBFIE) covers the full range from written C3 to C7 with a couple of E7's on top.

@EbClarinet: playing that high on bass clarinet is a lot about getting a grip on partials (e.g. doing bugle calls without moving a finger), looking for suitable fingering/partial combinations and taking time for it...

And as Paul indicates, your instrument must be OK, leaks will pre-select partials for you.

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 Re: Altissimo Notes
Author: Ed Palanker 
Date:   2019-11-06 17:27

Yes, check my website page for a fingeing chart for Bb and bass clarinet. But one has to voice properly and use good breath support. The mouthpiece reed combination can make a huge difference as well as well as embouchure support.

ESP eddiesclarinet.com

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