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Alternate Fingering Chart for Boehm-System Alto, Bass, and Contrabass Clarinet

Chalumeau Register: E3 to B4

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. These fingerings apply to Boehm-system alto, bass, and contrabass clarinet unless specified otherwise. There is a separate alternate fingering chart for soprano clarinets, which includes many alternates that also apply to alto, bass, and contrabass clarinet. The throat tone (F#4 to Bb4) and clarion (B4 to C6) fingerings are identical among soprano, alto, bass, and contrabass models and are covered on the soprano fingering chart.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

B2
C3
B#2/C3
T 123|C 123For low-C models. 

C3
D3

C#3/Db3
T 123|C# 123For low-C models. 

D3

D3T 123D|123For low-C models.  Placement of low D key varies by model. 
T 123|123D
T 123|D 123
D3
E3
D#3/Eb3
T 123|123Eb  

E3
F3

E3/Fb3T 123E|123  
T 123|123E  
T 123E|123F  

E3
F3

E#3/F3T 123|123F  
T 123F|123  

F3
G3

E#3/F3 T 123F#|123  
T 123|123F#  
T 123F#|123F  

G3

G3T 123|123  

G3
A3

G#3/Ab3T 123|123G#  
T 123G#|123  

A3

A3T 123|12-  
T 123|12-E  

A3
B3

A#3/Bb3T 123|1--  

B3
C4

B3/Cb4T 123|-2-  
T 123|1-B-  
B3
C4
B#3/C4
T 123|---  

C4
D4

C#4/Db4
T 123C#|---  
D4
D4
T 12-|---  

D4
E4

D#4/Eb4T 12-|4---  
T 12Eb-|---  
T 1--|1--  
T 1--|-2-  
E4
F4
E4/Fb4
T 1--|---  
E4
F4
E#4/F4
T ---|---  
Continue to Throat Tones (all Boehm clarinet models) >>
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