Posted by Tom Caudron on February 23, 1999 at 09:50:46:
In Reply to: Re: valve number five posted by Sean Chisham on February 23, 1999 at 09:14:58:
Thanks for the valve primer, although I think I may have picked up on some of this in my THIRTY-NINE years of playing.
The question wasn't how the valves work but rather when and/or how much you use the fifth valve. For instance, if you had a fast run to play in which a fifth valve fingering was an option for one of the notes would you use it or would you use a three or four valve fingering and assume nobody would hear the intonation error? I will occasionally opt for a three instead of fourth valve fingering to facilitate a smoother sound. The old pinky never seems to be equal to the other three.