Part 3 of Michelle Anderson’s Altissimo series includes a great discussion of voicing and tongue position that applies outside the scope of altissimo also. Also covers the half-hole technique for smoother slurs into altissimo.
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Emphasis on the importance of voicing and tongue position for altissimo notes.
Describes how the tongue’s position affects air speed and tone quality.
Illustrates the concept of creating a “bridge” with the tongue for better air flow.
Recommends practicing tongue position with a tuner to achieve ideal pitch.
Discusses subtle changes in voicing for extreme high notes (e-flat and above).
Mentions the importance of experimenting with tongue position and embouchure.
Demonstrates a fingering technique called the “half hole technique” for smoother slurs.
Suggests sliding the top finger down rather than lifting it entirely for a more even air pressure change.