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I'm assuming that this is out of print. Is it still in copyright? If not, is there a PDF knocking around?

How do Donahue's method and book compare with Rascher's? Any other good altissimo books?
 

Pete Thomas

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The copyright on mine is 1958, so I believe it's still in copyright, otherwise I might have scanned some of it on my site (or more than I have done).

I like that book because it's a very slim volume. Some of the others, e.g. the Rousseau s a bit daunting.

To be honest, there's nothing magical about exercise for altissimo, they are basically the same as any other technical fingering or tone exercise but extending up into the altissimo register. All you need do is practice them up a semitone each time you learn a new altissimo note.

Simples.
 

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To be honest, there's nothing magical about exercise for altissimo, they are basically the same as any other technical fingering or tone exercise but extending up into the altissimo register. All you need do is practice them up a semitone each time you learn a new altissimo note.
Thanks Pete. This will be the super-slim volume then?!
 

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To be honest, there's nothing magical about exercise for altissimo, they are basically the same as any other technical fingering or tone exercise but extending up into the altissimo register. All you need do is practice them up a semitone each time you learn a new altissimo note.

Simples
Oh, you make it sound oh so easy, it took me over a year with Raschers top tone book plus your fingerings, to get to a point were i can confidently use any of the first range of altissimo notes (G-F).

Although maybe a good technical exercise, is it really necaserry to develop the second and third range of altissimo notes? and if so were would you use them?

Simples? definitely not!!!
 

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Simples? definitely not!!!
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply learning altissimo is easy, just that finding useful exercises is easy, ie any fingering or tone exercise transposed to the altissimo register is a good exercise.
 

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Yus. I've recently been particularly annoying by playing Christmas carols screamingly high and loud.
 

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Oh, you make it sound oh so easy, it took me over a year with Raschers top tone book plus your fingerings, to get to a point were i can confidently use any of the first range of altissimo notes (G-F).

Although maybe a good technical exercise, is it really necaserry to develop the second and third range of altissimo notes? and if so where would you use them?

Simples? definitely not!!!
Junior Walker..??..playing a 10* with a 'lolly stick'..;)
 
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