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 Clarinet fast swapping
Author: Acope 
Date:   2013-01-18 02:12

I have a question about a fingering in a piece I'm playing for the spring concert at my school. It's a trill(or whatever the technical term for it is) between an A above the staff to a C sharp, back and forth, as if it was a trill. Traditional fingerings don't work for this, since they require you to move about five fingers back and forth at once repeatedly. Not even our director could tell us how to finger this. So, how will it work?

I'm just a guy who likes music. :) Also, this is my signature.

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 Re: Clarinet fast swapping
Author: EBC 
Date:   2013-03-17 17:11

Trill to "open" C#, i.e. left hand first finger, an overblown chalumeau F#. That only involves two fingers! The C# can be a bit flat, but as long as you do it fast enough, it shouldn't be noticeable. If it IS an issue, try adding the right hand fork or the G#/D# pinky key, if it doesn't make the A too sharp.

Eric

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