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 Trill Fingering
Author: Ken 
Date:   1999-09-01 20:39

In a piece our band is playing, my part has a trill from middle A to middle C#. Any fingering experts out there that can help out? Thanks.

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 RE: Trill Fingering
Author: Doug 
Date:   1999-09-01 23:34

First, finger the C# using the right hand little finger. Keeping the right hand on the clarinet and not ever removing it, move the left hand to throat A fingering, keeping at least the 3rd finger of the left hand on the clarinet. Now, slowly, move from the A fingering to the C# fingering ( you will be moving only two fingers and your thumb in the left hand.) Do this in a very structured, rhythmic manner, perhaps thinking very, very even 16th notes. Practice this movement until you can gain some speed in the change from one note to the other. Even if it never gets super fast, if you are playing this efficient motion evenly and with clarity, it will do very well. By the way, a trill covers only the pitch distance of a step or a half step. Technically what is being asked of you in the music is called a "tremolo". We've all seen these passages in music that prove one thing: many composer don't understand very well the fingering complexities of the instrument.

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 RE: Trill Fingering
Author: William Fuller 
Date:   1999-09-02 02:17

What is the name of this piece? I seem to remember playing an overture with consecutive patterns like you described and I remember treating them all as if they were 16th note tremelos rather than trills. Doug is right about some composers and arrangers not knowing the instruments fingering problems.

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 RE: Trill Fingering
Author: Al 
Date:   1999-09-02 15:41

This one is almost impossible. It little matters. Since it's a band piece,the players can slowly alternate between the two notes at their own pace and the effect will be OK. The above post sums up what arrangers don't know.

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