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Alternate Fingering Chart for Heckel-System Bassoon

First Octave: B1 to F3

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) bassoons. There is a separate alternate fingering chart for Heckel-system contrabassoon.

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

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description 

Src.

A1
B1

A#1/Bb1Bb B C D 123|E 123FBasic. 

B1
C2

B1/Cb2B C D 123|E 123FBasic. 

B1
C2

B#1/C2C D 123|E 123FBasic. 

C2
D2

C#2/Db2C D 123C#|E 123FBasic. 

D2

D2D 123|E 123FBasic. 

D2
E2

D#2/Eb2D 123Eb|E 123FBasic. 

E2
F2

E2/Fb2W 123|E 123FBasic. 
W 123C#|E 123FLowers pitch, improves tone to match D2 and F2.RB

E2
F2

E#2/F2W 123|123FBasic. 

F2
G2

F#2/Gb2W 123|F# 123FBasic. 
W 123|123F F#Use in combination with fingerings using the right thumb. 
W 123|123F#  
123|123F F#  

G2

G2W 123|123Basic. 

G2
A2

G#2/Ab2W 123|123G#Basic. 
W 123|G# 123Use in combination with fingerings using the right little finger. 

A2

A2W 123|12-Basic. 

A2
B2

A#2/Bb2W 123|Bb 12-Basic. 
W 123|12Bb-Use in combination with fingerings not using RH 3. 

B2
C3

B2/Cb3W 123|1--Basic. 

B2
C3

B#2/C3W 123|---Basic. 

C3
D3

C#3/Db3D C# W 123|---Basic. 
W 123|E C#---F  
W 123|Bb C#---  

D3

D3W 12-|---Basic. 

D3
E3

D#3/Eb3W 1-3|---Basic. Use in combination with E3.  
W 1-3|Bb -2-Basic. Great for pp.  
W 1-3Eb|Bb -2-  
C# W 12-|---Trill fingering with D3. 
W 1-3Eb| ---  

E3
F3

E3/Fb3W 1--|---Basic. 
W 1--|E --3FGreat for pp. 

E3
F3

E#3/F3W ---|---Basic. 
Bb B C D ---|E 1-3Great for pp. 
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