The best high F fingering for me is the Hugh Cooper fingering. Here is the link, http://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/note/heckf5.htm
The first of the second set listed, but you may find a better one for you on this list. I have no idea why, but very few makers get the high F key correct, I think I have only found it to work on a few Moosmann horns that I have tried ( meaning Moosmann is doing it correctly). Try the F key alone. You could also try a different combination like, normal high D fingering in the left with the F key ( with or without the E and Eb), hand and change around the right hand fingerings, like, just F# RH thumb and (or without), C# trill key. Or just pinky Ab and ( or without) the C# trill. This change in the RH works great for certain slurs (and raises the pitch for the normally flat high E fingering), to high E with the E key, it could also work for the high F.
I also break the slur for the second high F, I find it is easier to tongue the F than slur it, but each to their own, it might be better slurred for you.
I always switch to my Allgood bocal and a firmer reed before and back after, it's a difficult switch back, but it's possible.
We are performing it again this year, I think. Here is our last performance in the outdoor plaza Maria Pita, from last summer. The Allgood is quite a powerful bocal and I am playing quite loud but you can barely hear it at minute 2:36(?).
It's not an easy thing to play under stress, part of it is memorization of the fingerings under pressure, but it does get easier.
Best of luck and have fun!!!!
Last edited by marydoob (2015-08-02 22:48:08)
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