Altissimo Register Challenges:
- The top note requires advanced singing techniques.
- Use of diaphragm support, airflow, and the ability to pitch notes are crucial.
- Harmonics are picked from the register below, requiring skill in note selection.
Relaxation and Control:
- Despite the difficulty, remaining relaxed is key.
- Strive for fearless and effortless control of high notes. Well-played high notes can be exhilarating.
- To reach very high notes, the jaw needs to drop, finding a different place on the reed.
- If facing issues with the top note, examine the note before it; proper support of the preceding note is crucial.
- Just like in life, present problems might be caused by earlier actions.
Fingerings in Altissimo Register:
- Provides a list of basic fingerings for the altissimo register but emphasizes the need for flexibility.
- Not all fingerings work universally; experimentation and adaptation are essential.
- Highlights the importance of selecting fingerings based on the musical context.
- Gives examples: a closed fingering for a dramatic high note in Weber’s concerto and a gentler, softer fingering for John Ireland’s Fantasy Sonata.
Inventiveness in Fingerings:
- Stress on being an inventor of fingerings in the altissimo register.
- What works on one clarinet may not work on another, and the context matters.