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Author: Susan 
Date:   1999-08-18 22:02

Hi. I was wondering if anyone knew the correct fingering for high A# (not the one right above the staff...the one above that). I finger it any number of ways, but none of them come out perfectly. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions! Thanks a lot!
Sincerely,
Sue

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 RE: fingering
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-08-18 23:15

The two i usually use are 1) the long F (all holes, plus left pinky C#/G# key and right pinky G#/D# key) overblown to Bb and regular F without thumb hole (and the RH G#/D# key). Never really had any problemswith either fingering.

What piece are you playing that requires the high A#? Maybe the sequence of notes can help determine which fingering of the 15 or so choices might be best.

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 RE: fingering
Author: Al 
Date:   1999-08-19 14:59

Daniel's post had the crucial word <<overblow>>. No matter which fingering you choose on the chart, you've got to overblow when you're that high. Try "pinching" first. (I KNOW; NEVER SAY 'PINCH'). That way you'll squeak it out and know what you're going for. Then adapt the embouchure for that altissimo note. Don't spend too much time on it. Too much time spent on those super high notes can destroy you.

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 RE: fingering
Author: Kevin Bowman 
Date:   1999-08-19 15:46

I use:
register key only (open the thumb hole) plus LH second finger. I've also used the "long" fingering described by Daniel but this is often harder to "grab" in a run. BTW - I've never seen the note used in actual literature - only in warm-up studies (yuk!). Actually, that's one note I try to avoid because it's so awkward.

Kevin Bowman

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 RE: fingering
Author: Ken Shaw 
Date:   1999-08-19 15:47



Susan wrote:
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Hi. I was wondering if anyone knew the correct fingering for high A# (not the one right above the staff...the one above that). I finger it any number of ways, but none of them come out perfectly. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions! Thanks a lot!
Sincerely,
Sue


Susan -

There's no "correct" fingering -- just what plays reliably and is in tune, which varies from instrument to instrument. Tom Ridenour's book has a number of alternatives.

I think the one given on the fingering charts is the same as the F below, which may come out more reliably by pressing the right little finger F#/C# key rather than the Ab/Eb key.

For the Weber Concerto #2, I use the "long" F (thumb, register key, 3 fingers on each hand plus the C#/G# key)and then add the F/C key with my right little finger for the high Bb. On many instruments, opening the throat Ab key with the knuckle of your left index finger makes the note start more reliably.

Try a slightly harder reed, with the tip sanded down a little thinner than usual.

Good luck.

Ken Shaw

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 RE: fingering
Author: Sue 
Date:   1999-08-20 00:14

Dear everyone,
Thanks for the help. I'll try these suggestions tomorrow morning. It wasn't for a specific piece, just a general question. I usually warm up with "pieces" that involve the note. Thanks.
Sue

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