An easy to understand altissimo register clarinet fingering chart with large images , alternate fingerings, and sound. Don’t be afraid to approach altissimo notes armed with several different fingering charts. Two of my favorites are Ridenour’s Clarinet Fingerings. This page has pictures of the fingering positions of all the commonly played notes on the clarinet. Great for printing out for your beginning student.

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These fingerings are the least complicated alternate fingerings and, used in combination with the standard fingerings, will be sufficient for most music. Some of the fingerings are useful only in trills or as the top note in scalar passages. Feel free to ask me for advice.

Vandoren, Vandoren V12, Vandoren German Cut, Grand Concert, Zonda or Olivieri depending on the facing specifications of your mouthpiece and the tone quality that you want Top of page Embouchure Develop a “pointed chin” embouchure so you can control the force of the bottom lip against the reed.

The Clarinet of the 21st Century – VII/2 Eb Altissimo Alternate Fingerings

Use a mirror to check your chin position. Stretch your top lip against your upper gum and then push your finger down and off the teeth with the top lip. This action will put the chin muscles in correct position. Experiment to find optimal amount of mouthpiece and reed in your mouth. Play with the pressure point of the bottom lip on the slightly thicker, stiffer portion of the reed by taking hcart more reed into your mouth.


Do this by slightly rocking your bottom lip down the reed. The pace between your top and bottom teeth will widen. Be aware if you are biting don’t do it! For best tone quality use only enough jaw pressure to prevent the note from being flat and to hold the mouthpiece steady.

Top of page Tongue and Throat Position In general, when playing the clarinet place your tongue in a high position say “EEE” with the sides of your tongue against your gums or teeth in the top back of your mouth, making a narrow passageway between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Blow cold fast air like blowing out a candle. For altissimo use a slightly more open throat say “ahhhh” a little bit.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Practice alternating between e” and a” using the same fingering LH: Eb key for both. The tip of the tongue is used gently for articulation.

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Top of page How to Practice Altissimo Practice slowly and listen carefully. Use an electronic tuner to train your ear, lip, and throat.

Play chromatically ascending long tones. Slowly practice one octave chromatic scales progressing higher and higher.

“Clarinet Fingering Guide with Altissimo Suggestions For Playing”

Extend the range of your scale and arpeggio practice. Play altissimo passages one octave lower to confirm you are cjart the correct altissimo notes also listen for intonation. Play consecutive altissimo notes with the most logical and uncomplicated fingerings that work well together.

Invent your own fingerings. Play flute and violin music. Listen to recordings that use altissimo. Ridenour, Thomas, Clarinet fingerings, A comprehensive guide for the performer and educator. Top of page Special Use Fingerings These fingerings are the least complicated alternate fingerings and, used in combination with the standard fingerings, will be sufficient for most music.