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Alternate Fingering Chart for Heckel-System Contrabassoon

First Octave: A1 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) contrabassoons. There is a separate alternate fingering chart for Heckel-system bassoon, which includes fingerings that also apply to contrabassoons.

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

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

A1

A1Bb B C D 123A|E 123FBasic for models with low A key. Press the low A key with the LH 4 finger. 

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/Fb2123|E 123FBasic. 
123C#|E 123FResonant.  GC

E2
F2

E#2/F2D 123|123FBasic. 

F2
G2

F#2/Gb2D 123|F# 123FBasic. 
D 123|123F F#Use in combination with fingerings using the right thumb. 

G2

G2D 123|123Basic. 
D 123C#|123Resonant. GC

G2
A2

G#2/Ab2D 123|123G#Basic. 
D 123|G# 123Use in combination with fingerings using the right little finger. 

A2

A2D 123|12-Basic. 

A2
B2

A#2/Bb2D 123|Bb 12-Basic. 
D 123|12Bb-Use in combination with fingerings using RH 3. 

B2
C3

B2/Cb3D 123|1--Basic. 

B2
C3

B#2/C3D 123|---Basic. 

C3
D3

C#3/Db3D C# 123|---Basic. 

D3

D3D 12-|---Basic. 

D3
E3

D#3/Eb3D 1-3Eb|Bb -2-Basic. 
D C# 12-|---Trill fingering with D3. 
D 1-3|---Use in combination with E3. 
D 1-3|Bb -2-Great for pp. 
D -2-|---For speed, tuning not great, but a very useful alternate in some passages. GC

E3
F3

E3/Fb3D 1--|---Basic. 

E3
F3

E#3/F3D ---|---Basic. 
D C# ---|---Resonant.GC
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