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Offline LarryS

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Getting the second register
« on: August 17, 2019, 11:52:20 AM »
I can just about go into the second octave but only so far up. Around about the C hole it starts to crack and further up, nothing, no matter how hard I blow or how I change my embouchure. I'm probably not really ready for that range yet, but what exactly are you supposed to to get that high?
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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2019, 12:18:19 PM »
Larry - You have posted enough of your playing to indicate that you were ready to continue up the range into the 2nd register some time ago! It shouldn't be hard at all, with little or no change of embouchure.

The only possible cause I can think of would be blockage of the register key stem (tube), which can be cause by using a bad swab that leaves behind some debris. First check the register key for normal looking operation. Then remove it and drop a small rod or toothpick into the hole. Looks inside with a light, and see if some crud is revealed. In any case, clean it with a pipe cleaner and alcohol, or something like that.

Cleaning the stem maybe 1/year is a normal maintenance procedure.

However, it would have to be very clogged to stop you completely. Let us know what you find and maybe someone else will have an idea.
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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 03:40:51 PM »
Well I jerry rigged a little hook from a safety pin and poked the hole from both sides, nothing. It is a very narrow hole compared to the other tone holes. I then plugged all the holes and blew hard. Nothing came out but it took a lot of blowing compared to the other holes! Obviously a very narrow bore!
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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2019, 08:32:36 PM »
Interesting issue!

When I first started, crossing the register break (going from A to B) was an almost insurmountable task. I would either not blow hard enough, or blow too hard and squeak.

It took a while before I found that, basically, I had to change my mental state (as DUMB as that sounds).

Later, I realized that changing my mental state basically meant restricting my airflow. I envisioned trying to force all of my air through a soda straw, and that helped me get past the break.

The same principle I use for crossing the second register - a good mental state, and a straw-like airflow.
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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2019, 03:11:38 AM »
Thanks Dave
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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2019, 05:29:52 AM »
Well, I had another go, and at first I was stopped at the halfway point, but I soldiered on, and I got it all the way to the very top, clean! I discovered the trick is more air, lots more air. You really gotta push it, but I got it. That feels good. Now I just gotta work on going smoothly from first octave to second.

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Re: Getting the second register
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2019, 06:45:35 AM »
I even managed a little bit of New Orleans jazz after hearing some played properly

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