Topic: Flick Fingering
I have a question about flick fingerings that I would like some feedback about. Recently in a master class the question arose about when to use the A key or the B key for A above the staff. Once I heard Richard Svoboda say that in a very fast passage, such as the scale early in the Mozart Concerto that goes up to high F, he would leave the b key down for both the A, Bb and C because he got a cleaner passage than if he tried to move from the A to the the Bb key. Experimenting with both the A and Bb key for the notes A and Bb above the staff I found on my instrument that the A and Bb were slightly higher in pitch when using the B key rather than the A, not usually a bad thing on my Fox 601. Have others found the same? Sometimes I use the flick keys as part of the fingering rather than just as a quick flick as I know many others do. Dr. Matthew Ruggiero always taught that fingerings, whether flicked or not, depended on the musical passage. Since the proper intonation of a note depends on the context and is not a fixed matter, I wonder what others do regarding the use of the flick A and B keys for the specifically for A above the staff. I also refer to these as keys as octave or speaker keys with my students so they get a full understanding as to their use and to the nomenclature of bassoon technique. Any Fox players as well as others who respond would be greatly appreciated.