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Alternate Fingering Chart for Heckel-System Contrabassoon

Second Octave: F3 to F4

This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. The fingerings apply to Heckel-system (German) contrabassoons. There is a separate alternate fingering chart for Heckel-system bassoon, which includes fingerings that also apply to contrabassoons.

The fingering scheme explains the text and keys used to depict fingerings.

 

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Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

F3
G3

F#3/Gb3D -23|F# 123FBasic.
b D -23|F# 123FFor attacks. GC
D -23|123F F#Use in combination with fingerings using the right thumb.
b D -23|123F F#For attacks, use in combination with fingerings using the right thumb. GC

G3

G3-23|123Basic.
b -23|123For attacks. GC

G3
A3

G#3/Ab3-23|123G#Basic.
b -23|123G#For attacks. GC
-23|G# 123Use in combination with fingerings using the right little finger.
b -23|G# 123For attacks, use in combination with fingerings using the right little finger. GC

A3

A3b 123|12-Basic.

A3
B3

A#3/Bb3b 123|Bb 12-Basic.
b 123|12Bb-Use in combination with fingerings not using RH 3.

B3
C4

B3/Cb4b 123|1--Basic.

B3
C4

B#3/C4b 123|-2-Basic.
b 123|---For speed. GC

C4
D4

C#4/Db4D C# 123|---Basic.
d b 123|123FFull. GC

D4

D4d 12-|---Basic.
d 123|123Overblown fifth. GC
1–3C#|123  

D4
E4

D#4/Eb4d 12-Eb|---Basic. 
d 12-|123G#Overblown fifth. GC

E4
F4

E4/Fb4d 1--|---Basic. 
d b 1--|--- GC
d 1-3|E 123Overblown. GC

E4
F4

E#4/F4d ---|---Basic. 
-23|Bb 12-Overblown. GC
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