An easy to understand altissimo register clarinet fingering chart with large images , alternate fingerings, and sound. Don’t be afraid to approach altissimo notes armed with several different fingering charts. Two of my favorites are Ridenour’s Clarinet Fingerings. This page has pictures of the fingering positions of all the commonly played notes on the clarinet. Great for printing out for your beginning student.

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Note Written Fingering Description Src. The following chart Table 5 of alternate fingerings contains only a few of the many choices for altissimo register pitches. Things quickly turn from straightforward to clunky and confusing once clarinetists venture above the upper break above high C into altissimo-land.

R G Dark, covered sound. One issue that the articles explain well is the difference between the double and single register vent systems, and their effect on altissimo fingerings for the low clarinets.

These fingerings tend to be a bit dark, but thin. The tip of the tongue is used gently for articulation. These adjustments are no more extreme than those that one would make to play in tune with other performers; they merely require a sensitive “auditory image. Speaks easily in all dynamics.


Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels.

An aspect such as how far a particular pad comes away from a particular tone-hole can be very significant. The pace between your top and bottom teeth will widen. Before you venture in the altissimo register, here are some things that will help you in your journey:.

RT 0—— 4 ———. This may be of interest to you, Jenny. The clarinet is blessed with the largest range of the entire woodwind family. Use in slurs from lower registers. Good intonation and response.

No unusual techniques are called for, however, such as half-holes or depression of pad keys. This sounds like a great resource for clarinetists, and I will be sure to check it out!

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Listen to recordings that use altissimo. As anyone who plays or teaches bass clarinet knows well, altissimo fingerings for bass clarinet can be quite confusing. Thank finge for letting me know about your book. The American clarinetist Henry Gulick writes of classifications for altissimo register pitches. A third classification includes fingerings that use both the thumb hole and register key as vents open thumb and depressed register key Example 9.


RT C Use for slurring with lower registers and for pp.

The Clarinet of the 21st Century – II/4 Alternate Altissimo Fingering Chart

MS R Slightly sharp. DF RT 02— 4 ——— Suitable for any volume. One danger of beginner altissimo practice is overcompensating with lip pressure. Suitable for any volume.

In the same manner, pitches from the microtone charts may work as alternate fingerings; however, one runs the risk of timbre distortion as one becomes further and further from the pitch of the original fingering.

The Clarinet of the Twenty-First Century.

Use for fast chromatic passages between E 6 and G 6. RT G C 34 Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. These articles and fingering charts would be worthwhile for any bass clarinet player or teacher to explore.

RT G Use for slurs with lower registers, more stable, good for pp and ff. C 6 to G 6 This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages.