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We're playing Stars and Stripes Forever in our spring concert. The piccolo solo in the end has a trill from C flat to D flat and it's not in my trill chart. Does anyone know how to finger this?
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I would opt for trilling both the left thumb and forefinger, personally. But the Nagahara piccolos, as well as a couple of others have C# trills. You might like to take a look at the Naga website.atoriphile wrote:In the second octave, you can use the first trill key while fingering B natural (Cb). Not exactly in tune, but usually close enough for trills (or is that close enough for jazz?).
P.S. - I've never seen a piccolo with a C# trill key.
True, depending on how fast a trill you want. Some people find it hard to stabilize the instrument when trilling that way. It is a very awkward trill.flutepicc06 wrote:I would opt for trilling both the left thumb and forefinger, personally.
Also, in Baroque music the sharper C# that is produced by trilling with the first trill key could actually be desired. (I know, Stars & Stripes is not Baroque )
This weekend I finally got a chance to try this out to see which fingering I use for this (I do it subconsciously now) and I do use the thumb and index finger for the trill in this particular instance since the trill is so short that I only have the chance to do Cb-Db-Cb. It's not too awkward if you only need to do it once.
I didn't say they don't exist; I said that "I've never seen a piccolo with a C# trill key." In other words, they are quite rare and only people with a lot of money (or high credit card balances) would be able to afford them. The vast majority of piccolos do not have them.woodwindNYC wrote:Just to expand on what flutepicc06 said, in addition to Nagahara, Keefe and Alexander Eppler both offer their piccolos with a C# trill key (it is, I believe, a standard feature of Eppler piccs).
If you happen to have a piccolo with a C# trill key, then that's what you'd use to do the trill. For everyone else, use one of the trill fingerings mentioned earlier in this thread instead.
Whether or not it sounds better to you, if it's not what's written, and there's nothing in the score to suggest what is written is a mistake, it's not what you should be playing. Just my $.02.etgohomeok wrote:I played it a couple of years back and (if I'm thinking of the same trill) I just trilled to a C natural using the left thumb key. I actually think it sounds better than trilling to a Db.