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fingering technique

Hello forum members:

Please excuse me if this post is not in correct location.

Would someone please help me determine how to play the 3 notes

left hand plays #g
right hand plays #c and #d ?

Thank you
 
how fast is it?
Some clarinets have the Eb on the left side, but that isn't the norm. You can hit the C# key with the middle digit of your right pinky and rock it up to the Eb key right ahead of it. That's what I'd do, be a bear to sightread it, but that's how I'd get it after practicing
 
Hello saxplayer1004

Its 69bpm.

No Eb on left side of my horn but
I'll give your technique a go.

Thank you and Happy New Year!
 
other option that slow, is as soon as you get to the C# you can get your left finger back on the C# key and move up to the D# if that makes sense
 

jbtsax

Distinguished Member
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That is an excellent suggestion: to exchange little fingers on on the C# as quickly as possible freeing up the RH pinky for the Eb. My clarinet instructor in college had me do exercises playing long tones on B, C, and C# while rapidly exchanging left and right little fingers on the respective keys. The challenge was to do it fast and smooth enough so as to keep the long tone uninterrupted.
 
The exchange of pinkies sound great. I will also practice the long tone exercises.

Thank you both for your help.
 
Clever players would use the forked, RT12-/12-, alternate fingering for G#, play C# with the left pinky, and D# with the right. Mastering the clarinet is all about alternate fingerings.
 
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true. Didn't think about that one. I use it as a trill fingering from E to G#, but it's rather stuffy... not bad for a sixteenth note though... Good call lance
 
Clever players would use the forked, RT12-/12-, alternate fingering for G#, play C# with the left pinky, and D# with the right. Mastering the clarinet is all about alternate fingerings.
Thank you also for your help and guidance.

I appreciate all the help.
 
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Steve

Clarinet CE/Moderator
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on a standard boehm clarinet it is all about alternative fingerings AND practicing those weird transitions with regular fingerings - which there are books about that.

Here is a good website for primary and alternate fingering
http://www.wfg.woodwind.org/clarinet/cl_bas_2.html

luckily that piece looks fast enough where alternate fingers would be acceptable as the time one is on notes is minimal thus certain tonal characteristics would not be very evident versus a slow moving section.
 

TMHeimer

Tom Heimer
I like what Steve just posted about using the alternate fingerings (in this case the switching pinkies on the C#) and practicing the weird transitions with regular fingerings. If you were going D# to C# you could do a slide. The idea of practicing regular fingerings is another way to just get everything well oiled if you will. A lot in my book addresses this. Another good exercise is playing low B and top line F# with the ring finger (like the flute fingering). Great for coordination and working that sometimes less than mobile ring finger. Helps with coordinating opening some holes while closing others "smoothly". Of course you wouldn't use the ring finger on B/F# when performing-- unless landing on a whole note, etc. --the 3rd hole covered on these 2 notes makes for a darker tone.
 
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