Date: 1999-08-07 15:54
Good news is that I just got promoted to playing 2nd part in my woodwind orchestra. Bad news is that my first piece is Danse Bacchanale which seems to be nothing but 16th notes well above the staff (E 3 lines above the staff, D just below it, and sharps and flats of all notes in and around them).
My technique is fine up to a C. Above that I'm squeeking when I first hit the note, although I can settle into it after a moment. Problem is playing the high ones as 16th notes. I went to a slightly firmer reed, and this has helped. Also, I'm cheating a bit by hitting the note with a blast from the diaphram as opposed to tounging it as the music calls for.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Meantime, I'm spending all weekend working on this piece so that I don't utterly embarrass myself on Monday. thanks.