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Flute and Piccolo Fingering Charts

Below is a list of all available fingering charts for Boehm-system flutes, which are the modern, most common type used today in bands and orchestras. The fingerings apply to all sizes (piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, and bass flute) of closed-G# flutes (the common option, as opposed to the rarer open-G# models) unless specified otherwise. Each fingering chart is split up by acoustic octaves, whose ranges are notated and clickable. Trills and tremolos are arranged in order by the lower, principal note.

 

Fingering Scheme

Description of keys and fingering notation

Basic Fingering Chart for Flute and Piccolo

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

B3 to C5

D5 to C6

D6 to C7

Alternate Fingering Chart for Soprano, Alto, and Bass Flute

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Fourth Octave

B3 to C5

D5 to C6

D6 to C7

C7 to G7

Alternate Fingering Chart for Piccolo

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

D4 to C5

D5 to C6

D6 to D7

Basic Fingering Chart for Open-G# Flute and Piccolo

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Fourth Octave

B3 to C5

D5 to C6

D6 to C7

C7 to F7

Trill Fingering Chart for Flute and Piccolo

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Fourth Octave

B3 to C5

D5 to C6

D6 to B6

C7 to G7

Major and Minor Thirds Tremolo Fingering Chart for Flute and Piccolo

Registers

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

B3 to B4

C5 to C6

C6 to B6

 

Other Flute Fingering Charts

Virtual Flute/Flute Acoustics (Joe Wolfe et al.) · A complete and remarkable study of flute acoustics and responses for all fingerings

New Sounds for Flute (Mats Möller) · A printable quarter tone fingering chart and an overview of modern flute technique

Quarter-tone fingering chart for French model flute (Herbert Lindhom) · Another printable quarter tone fingering chart

Auxiliary Piccolo Fingerings (John Krell) · Useful alternate fingerings for piccolo.

Practical Alternate Fingerings for Flute (Wayne Hedrick) · Useful alternate fingerings for concert flute.

A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute (James J. Pellerite) · A very comprehensive fingering chart book that includes alternate, trill, tremolo, quarter tone, quarter tone trill, and multiphonic fingerings. (link to Amazon)

Alternative Fingerings for the Flute (Nestor Herszbaum) · A new fingering chart book that includes basic, alternate, trill, tremolo, harmonic, piano, forte, and unusual fingerings. (link to herszbaum.com)

 

 

 

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