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Altissimo use in real life?

Vetinari

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How the hell does Leo Pellegrino take his bari up to soprano territory. I struggle to get palm E.
 

David Dorning

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How the hell does Leo Pellegrino take his bari up to soprano territory. I struggle to get palm E.
Interestingly I tried it on my bari and found I could get a piercing high note that sounded at least as high as sop territory quite easily. I could lip up and down over a range of maybe half an octave, a bit like playing a tune on just the mouthpiece, but a lot more difficult to control. I can guarantee the skill level required to do this is minimal, as I did it first time. But I had very little control over the pitch. And I couldn't produce that warbling sound he does so much, the one that reminds me of a squeaky dog's toy.

Leo Pellegrino I ain't and on reflection I think I owe my neighbours an apology.
 

randulo

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I must say, I have four different altissimo fingering charts and only a few have the same ones.
 

David Dorning

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I must say, I have four different altissimo fingering charts and only a few have the same ones.
Yes, I think each altissimo chart gives a bag of options that you have to work through and hope to find one that works best for your personal combination of oral cavity, mouthpiece, reed and instrument.
 

randulo

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I'm trying to compile one (at least in my head) that will work on my alto. I understand this can vary a lot.
 

Wade Cornell

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Tasteful Altissimo.
This is my kind of playing and my favorite combo of just bass and sax. When you have just two notes the magic is hearing a whole chord/arrangement that isn't there. It's best (IMHO) when his technique isn't the focus, but the melodic line is. Take away 90% of the arpeggios and it would be musically better. The soft held notes are magic.
 
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When I first heard him (a couple of decades ago or more) I somewhat dismissed him as yet another bopper. But he is certainly now an awful lot more than that as his albums with Arild Anderson show. One of my favourites.
 
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