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Fingering Scheme for Charanga Flute

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

Five-Key Charanga Flute

Bb 123G#|C12F3Eb

Six-Key Charanga Flute

Bb 123G# F|C12F3Eb

 

Left Thumb Keys

Bb Bb Key
The Bb key is operated by the thumb and is used for first-and second-octave Bb and various other notes.

Left Hand Main Holes

1 Index finger hole (B)

2 Middle finger hole (A)

3 Ring finger hole (G)

Left Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

G# G# key
The G# key is operated by the left hand little finger and is used to play G# and various other notes.

F · F key

For Six-key models. The second left hand little finger key is used to play F and various other notes. This key is located next to the G# key and is doubled in the right hand.

Right Hand Main Keys

1 Index finger hole (F)

2 Middle finger hole (E)

3 Ring finger hole (D)

Right Hand Keys

C Side C key
The Side C key is located next to the LH 1 hole and is operated by the LH 1 finger. The key is used to play first- and second-octave C and various other notes.

F F key
The F key is located between the second and third finger keys of the right hand and is used for playing first- and second-octave F and various other notes. The F key is doubled in the left hand little finger keys in six-key models.

Right Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

Eb Eb key
The Eb key is used for playing Eb in any octave as well for various other notes.

Main Holes and Venting

1 : Cover index finger hole.

2 : Cover middle finger hole.

3 : Cover ring finger hole.

- : Leave tone hole open.

½ or : Cover only half of the tone hole.

Other Symbols

| separates left hand holes and keys from right hand holes and keys.

Trilled Keys

Holes and 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 hole or key, the trilled holes and keys are to be trilled simultaneously unless specified as alternating in the fingering description. Alternating trill holes and keys are also indicated by a combination of red boldface text and red boldface italic text.

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Five-Key Charanga Flute

Flute Diagram

Five-key charanga flute image courtesy of Pablo Nez.

Six-Key Charanga Flute

Flute Diagram

This flute is a six-key American-made flute with the same key configuration as is found on six-key French charanga flutes. Image courtesy of Terry McGee.

 

 

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