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Christopher Redgate & the Howarth-Redgate Oboe
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Introducing the high range (altissimo range) fingerings for the oboe:

The usable range of the oboe has been slowly going up in the last 40 years. Nora Post suggests that the first A6 in the repertoire was written by Stephan Wolpe in the 1930s but that the premiere of this work was not until the 1950s. Zimmermann also used the high A6 in his concerto in the 1950s.  It was not until the 1960s that the range moved further up. See for example Castiglioni’s Alef and Takahashi’s Operation Yuler. The Castiglioni uses a high B6 while the Takahashi uses the C#7. At the beginning of the 1980s Roger Redgate in Ausgangspunkte wrote a D7 a quarter-tone sharp. In the earlier music there was either time to prepare for the high note or the music moved slowly up to it. However in more recent music the altissimo range pitches are being used increasingly like pitches anywhere else on the instrument. The two pages linked to this page Generic Fingerings and My Personal Fingerings offer basic fingerings for this range that can be modified for your instrument or fingerings that I have developed for the thumb plate system oboe which work well.

Remember that many performers use the teeth on the reed in order to get these notes. My personal fingerings should, up to the C7 fingering, be usable without recourse to the teeth. The C#7 and the D7 will probably need the teeth.

I suggest therefore that when you first try using these fingerings you do use teeth on the reed. This is simply to get used to the idea of playing in the high register and to hearing the oboe in that range. Teeth tend to push the pitch up, sometimes as much as a semitone, so do be aware of this when working on your fingerings. 

One last piece of advice: I suggest that when you are testing out high range fingerings you use your ear to listen to the pitches and also an in tune piano rather than depending upon electronic tuners as in this high range some of these can be misleading.