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Alternate Fingering Chart for Piccolo

Third Octave: D6 to E7

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. These fingerings are intended specifically for piccolos. There is a separate alternate fingering chart for soprano, alto, and bass flute, which contains many alternate fingerings also applicable to piccolos.

 

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Note

Written

Fingering

Description

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D6

D3 T -23|---Eb Basic.  
T -23G#|1--Eb Sharp.  
T -23G#|-2-Eb Sharper; good for pp. LG

D6
E6

Eb3 T 123G#|123Eb Basic.  

E6
F6

E3 T 12-|12-Eb Basic.  
T 12-|1D2-Eb Prevents cracking.  
T 12-|12D#-Eb Sharp; prevents cracking.  
T 12-|12- Hard to crack; flatter.  

E6
F6

F3 T 1-3|1--Eb Basic.  
T 1-3|1-3Eb Flatter; good for ff.  

F6
G6

F#3 T 1–3|–23 Basic. Great for hard attacks.   
T 1–3|––3Eb More difficult response. Avoid hard attacks.  
T 1-3|-2-Eb Flat; good for ff.  
T 1-3|-23Eb Flatter; good for ff.  
T 1-3|--3 Sharp.  

G6

G3 123|---Eb Basic.  

G6
A6

G#3 -23G#|-23Eb Basic.  
-23G#|---Eb Sharper.  

A6

A3 T -2-|1--Eb Basic.  
T -2-|1-3 Brighter, good for ff.  
T -2-|1-- Easier response, sharp. KJ
T 12–|1––X In tune, good response. RH

A6
B6

Bb3 T ---|1D-- Basic.  
Bb 1-3|--D#- In tune. KJ
B 1--|-D-D#3 Awkward, easy response. KJ
B 1--|-D-D#3Eb Awkward, easy response, sharp. KJ
B 1-3|-D-D#3 Awkward, easy response. KJ
B 1-3|-D-D#3Eb Awkward, easy response. KJ
Bb 1-3|-D23Eb    

B6
C7

B3 B 1-3|--D#- Basic.  
B 1-3|-D-- In tune. KJ
T ---|1D-D#- Flat.  
B 1–3|–2D#3Eb In tune, easy response. RH

B6
C7

C7 123G#|1-- Basic.  
123G#|12- Flatter. JH
123G#|1D-- Better response. JH
123G#|1-D#- Fast response. Good for staccato notes. KJ
T 123G#|1-D#- Fast response and more in tune. Good for staccato notes. KJ
1-3|--D#- Great for sustained ff. Trill fingering with B6 JH

C7
D7

C#4 -23G#|1--    
-2-G#|1-- Sharper.  
-23G#|1-D#3Eb Flat, easy response. KJ
-2-G#|1-D#3Eb   KJ
-23G#|1-- X Flatter, better response. JH
-2-G#|1-3Eb    

D7

D4 T --3|12-   MC
T --3|12-Eb    
Bb ---|--3Eb   DB
D7
E7
D#7/Eb7 T ––3|–D2 Flat. Roll out for better response and intonation. JS2
E7 E7     Submit a fingering for this note or for a higher note.  

 

 

 

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