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6-hole flute fingering chart from Lindy Mayfield.

Multiphonic fingerings for Flute from J. Barney.

5-Key flute fingering chart (.pdf) from Pablo Núñez. Added 8/30/03.


6-Hole Flute Fingering Chart

from Lindy Mayfield

I think your web sight is great.  Major Kudos on content and design. 
I noticed that there were questions about the vareity of flutes that are 6 Hole flutes, and keyed in D.  I say keyed in D, because the fingerings are very similar to a flute, but with an F# where the F on a regular flute is; and all the way up the flute opening a whole at a time plays beautifully and naturally a D scale.  However, the actual pitches vary as to the size of the instrument.  When I play the lowest note D on my bamboo flute, it produces the G a fourth higher.
I have a beautiful flute made of a single piece of bamboo (by an artist to be sure) that is nearly perfectly in tune with itself and A440.  Just a single piece of bamboo, varnished, with 7 holes burned in it.  (6 plus blowhole).  And what a beautiful tone it produces.  A work of art.  Everyone is always amazed when I play it.
Anyway, this sort of flute usually has six holes in it, two sets of three, with the middle finger of the right hand hole being a little bigger than the rest.  I've seen them made of many different materials, glass, ceramic, bamboo, wood. 
The fingerings are almost identical to a Fife.  As a matter of fact, the Fife is built in the same manner, must smaller, and of wood, I think. 
I can give you the fingerings that I have so far.  Actually, I came to your web sight in order to try to expand the range of mine, but found that this particular type of flute wasn't covered properly.  Everything on the pennywhistle was done with half holes, which isn't the best, IMHO.
Here's what I have so far.  I'll start from the fundamental note of the instrument and go up:
X=Closed, O=Open, h=Half Hole
D        XXX XXX
D#      XXX XXh
E        XXX XXO
F        XXX XhO
F#      XXX XOO
G        XXX OOO
G#      XXO XXO
A        XXO OOO
A#      XOX XOO
B        XOO OOO
C        OXX OOO
C#      OOO OOO
D        OXX XXX
The next octave is just the first overtone of the lower. In otherwords, the fingering is the same. 
I hope this is of some help.  If you know where I can locate more and/or better fingerings I'd love to hear it. 


oh, I missed one.  Sorry.  The C natural above the staff.
B, C, and C# just above the staff are fingered like this:
B        XOO OOO
C        hOO OOO

C#      OOO OOO


Multiphonic Fingerings for Flute

from J. Barney

J. Barney
Flute Multiphonics Fingerings

to play C (third space) and D(first one above the staff):
left hand: thumb, middle finger, and ring finger
right hand: pinkie finger

to play D (fourth line) and F (fifth line):
left hand: index, middle, ring, and thumb
right hand: index, middle on first trill key, ring on second trill key, pinkie

Note: a lot of multiphonics can be played by fingering higher notes and using less air. Try playing high the first F above the staff for example. I don't have my flute out now, but ill get back to you when I learn new ones.

i got my fingerings from the Robert Dick webpage




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