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Alto F#-G altissimo fingering

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Hello! I have been busy for a while but glad to get back to the Café!

I have found that the best way for me to hit altissimo G is:
Left hand: octave key, first finger, third finger
Right hand: first finger, pinky Eb key, Bb palm key

I have seen a lot of other players do this as well and it is great on slow pieces.

My question is that it is such a complex fingering that it is hard to go to G from the F# (or vice versa) using the F# key on any kind of fast run.

Does anyone here use that G fingering and, if so, how do you interact that with the F#?

Thanks and happy new year (belatedly, I know)!!
 
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In my haste I posted the wrong fingering, so this post probably made no sense! Thanks to Jeanette, it's all better now!!

Also, I failed to mention that I am on an alto. :doh:

Thanks again for any input!
 

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In my haste I posted the wrong fingering, so this post probably made no sense! Thanks to Jeanette, it's all better now!!

Also, I failed to mention that I am on an alto. :doh:

Thanks again for any input!

Welcome to fingering nomenclature befuddlement... I'm partially dyslexic on this topic but I'll type slowly...

I habitually use Octave key + B (left forefinger) plus F# key (right hand)

Or more useful alongside F# note, using the same fingers as above: Octave + Front F# (only) + F# key (right hand), which means you can add A key (left middle finger) for F# note

Phew. Beads of sweat all over my brow. Time for a soothing bucket of tea
 
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For F# use alt F fingering + side Bb.
To move to G lift off 2nd finger lh (A key) and add first finger rh (F key).
 

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For F# use alt F fingering + side Bb.
To move to G lift off 2nd finger lh (A key) and add first finger rh (F key).

I should try some of these fingerings. I use the same F# fingering you do, but for G I use 1 and 3 LH and RH. After a lot of practice, I can move between F# and G pretty easily, but your way sounds much easier.
 

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Thanks all!

Today is going to be crazy for me but can't wait to look into this tomorrow!
 

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I should try some of these fingerings. I use the same F# fingering you do, but for G I use 1 and 3 LH and RH. After a lot of practice, I can move between F# and G pretty easily, but your way sounds much easier.
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Hello! I have been busy for a while but glad to get back to the Café!

I have found that the best way for me to hit altissimo G is:
Left hand: octave key, first finger, third finger
Right hand: first finger, pinky Eb key, Bb palm key

I have seen a lot of other players do this as well and it is great on slow pieces.

My question is that it is such a complex fingering that it is hard to go to G from the F# (or vice versa) using the F# key on any kind of fast run.

Does anyone here use that G fingering and, if so, how do you interact that with the F#?

Thanks and happy new year (belatedly, I know)!!

On my Baritone, I play F# as octave, L1 L3 R1 (actually played with my middle finger) then G as Octave L1 L3 G# (L pinky) and Bb (played with R1)
 

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For F# use alt F fingering + side Bb.
To move to G lift off 2nd finger lh (A key) and add first finger rh (F key).

Very cool but very hard! I will have to really practice this a lot to get it. But the fingering is perfect and allows an easy transition between the 2 notes. Thanks so much! (Did I mention it's really hard? :))
 
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