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Fingering Scheme for Oboe

The fingering scheme below describes the text and key images used to represent fingerings in the fingering charts.

 

All Keys Pressed and All Holes Covered

Oboe

III I II1B*D2C#3G# Eb B Bb F|A G#1D2F3C C# Eb

Octave Keys

I   First Octave Key
The first octave key is pressed by the thumb and is used as a vent for second-octave E through G# and for various third-octave notes.

II   Second Octave Key
The second octave key is a side key for the first finger of the left hand and acts as a vent for second-octave A through C and for various third-octave notes.

III   Third Octave Key
The third octave key is found near the first octave hey on some models and is used to provide alternative fingerings for several third-octave notes.

Left Hand Main Keys

1   First finger key

0   First finger Half-Hole
The half-hole is an extension of the first finger key that allows the key to be depressed while the tone hole is vented. The half-hole is used as a vent similar to the octave keys for second-octave C#, D, and Eb.

2   Second finger key

3   Third finger key

Left Hand Trill Keys

B B trill key
The B trill key is located between the first and second finger keys of the left hand next to the half-hole plate and is used in trilling A# to B in the first and second octaves.

D D trill key
The D trill key is located between the first and second finger keys of the left hand and is used for trilling C to D in the first and second octaves. The key is doubled in the right hand.

C# C# trill key
The C# trill key is located between the second and third finger keys of the left hand and is used for trilling C to Db in the first and second octaves.

Left Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

G# G# key
The G# key is the upper key in the left hand little finger key group.  It is used primarily for playing G# in the first and second octaves and is doubled in the right hand.

Eb Eb key
The Eb key is the inner key in the left hand little finger key group.  It is used primarily for playing Eb in the first and second octaves and is doubled in the right hand.

B Low B key
The low B key is the middle key in the left hand little finger key group and is used primarily for playing low B.

Bb Low Bb key
The low Bb key is the outer key in the left hand little finger key group and is used primarily for playing low Bb. Some student models lack this key.

F F key
The F key is the key situated on top of the other four little finger keys on some models. The key is doubled on the right hand and is used to play first- and second-octave F.

Right Hand Main Keys

1 First finger key

2 Second finger key

3 First finger key

Right Hand Side Keys

A A key
The A key is the upper right hand side key.  It is used primarily as a trill key for G#-A and Ab-Bb in the first and second octaves.

G# G# key
The G# key is the lower right hand side key.  It is used primarily for trills involving G# in the first and second octaves and is doubled in the left hand.

Right Hand Trill Keys

D D trill key
The D trill key is located between the first and second finger keys of the right hand and is used for trilling C to D in the first and second octaves. The key is doubled in the left hand.

F F key
The F key is located between the second and third fingers keys of the right hand and is used in the primary fingering for first- and second-octave F.

c Alternate C (banana) key
The banana key is located next to the third finger key of the right hand and is used as an alternate to the little finger key for C to avoid sliding the little finger. The banana key is shown above the third fingering hole in the pictoral fingerings.

Right Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

C Low C key
This is the upper key in the right hand little finger key group and is used primarily for playing low C.

C# Low C# key
This is the middle key in the right hand little finger key group and is used primarily for playing low C#.

Eb Low Eb key
This is the lower key in the right hand little finger key group and is used primarily for playing low Eb.

Main Keys and Venting

1 : Depress index finger key ring and cover tone hole.

2 : Depress middle finger key ring and cover tone hole.

3 : Depress ring finger key ring and cover tone hole.

- : Leave tone hole open and key ring not depressed.

0 : Depress key ring but leave tone hole uncovered.

Other Symbols

| separates left hand keys from right hand keys.

Trilled Keys

Keys to be trilled are indicated in red boldface text and by red key images (e.g., ).

For a fingering involving more than one trilled key, the trilled keys are to be trilled simultaneously unless specified as alternating in the fingering description. Alternating trill keys are also indicated by a combination of red boldface text and red boldface italic text.


 

 

 

 

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