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by Corey Boldon
(3 posts)
6 years ago

Conn Chu-Berry Soprano Altissimo Register

Hi All,

I recently came into posession of a Conn Chu-Berry Soprano courtesy of a friend.  I've been working with it regularly for a month, but haven't had any luck whatsoever with the altissimo register on this horn.

On Alto, where I do most of my playing, I work out of the Sinta book "Voicings" and have had a good amount of success with altissimo on the Alto, but I can't seem to get any fingerings to work for F# above the staff to A above the staff.

Does anyone have any experience playing these horns in the upper register?


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  1. by rds1270
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    6 years ago

    Re: Conn Chu-Berry Soprano Altissimo Register

    I have a King curved soprano which only goes up to D#/Eb.  I can overblow a high G (thumb and 123) to get a D above the staff.  From there, I work my way up the normal cromatic scale progression for altissimo.  I use G# to get D#, A to get E, Bb to get F, and so on.

    Since I am a tenor player primarily, the reed/mouthpiece selection is very critical for me to hit altissimo.  I use a 3 or 3 1/2 Rico plastic coat and a Claude Lakey 6 hard rubber mp when i am going to play altissimo.  When I am going to play in the lower registers, I will use a 2 1/2 reed to be able to easily hit low C.  The 3 1/2 is too stiff to hit that note without blasting for me.

    I cannot play altissimo on the very vintage Conn mouthpiece that came with my soprano.  I'm sure there are mouthpieces better than my Lakey for hitting altissimo.  I have talked with Mr. Steve Goodson,, and Mr. Dave Jary,, about mp and altissimo.  Both are super nice and very wise.  I have mps from both and am pleased with both mps.  There are phone numbers on their sites.

    Also, I use a different set of altissimo fingerings for soprano than tenor.  Don't be afraid to experiment with different fingerings.  For me, not every fingering works the same on each horn. is a very detailed site, in terms of number of fingerings shown, for F# to A.  There are links to other pages that list fingerings for different ranges at the bottom of the page.  I cannot get all of the fingerings to work on each horn, just as I'm sure that not everyone can get the fingerings I use to work on their horn.

    I hope this helps some.

    Best of luck,
    Robert Story

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