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Alternate Fingering Chart for Boehm-System 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 all sizes of Boehm-system clarinet unless specified otherwise. There is also an alternate fingering chart for Boehm-system alto, bass, and contrabass clarinet, which includes additional alternate chalumeau and altissimo fingerings for those models.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

E3
F3

E1T 123E|123Use in combination with fingerings using right little finger or no little fingers. 
T 123|123EUse in combination with fingerings using left little finger or no little fingers. 
T 123E|123FUse in combination with F3 or C5. 

E3
F3

F1T 123|123FUse in combination with fingerings using left little finger or no little fingers. 
T 123F|123Use in combination with fingerings using right little finger or no little fingers. 

F3
G3

F#1T 123F#|123Use in combination with fingerings using right little finger or no little fingers. 
T 123|123F#Use in combination with fingerings using left little finger or no little fingers. 
T 123F#|123FUse in combination with F3 or C5. 

G3

G1T 123|123Basic. 

G3
A3

G#1T 123|123G#Basic. 
T 123G#|123For models with LH G key, use in combination with fingerings using right little finger or no little fingers. 

A3

A1T 123|12-Basic. 

A3
B3

Bb1T 123|1--Basic. 

B3
C4

B1T 123|-2-Basic. 
T 123|1-B-Chromatic, use in combination with Bb3 or F4. 

B3
C4

C1T 123|---Basic. 

C4
D4

C#1T 123C#|---Basic. 

D4

D1T 12-|---Basic. 

D4
E4

Eb1T 12-|4---Basic. 
T 12Eb-|---Chromatic and trill fingering, use in combination with D4 and A5. 
T 1--|1--Sharp, use for facility in combination with fingerings involving RH 1. 
T 1--|-2-Sharp, use for facility in combination with fingerings involving RH 2. 
T 1-3|---For 7-ring models, use in combination with C4. 

E4
F4

E2T 1--|---Basic. 
T 1-Eb-|4--3FRounder and lower in pitch than basic fingering. KC
T 1-Eb-C#|4123FProduces louder, clear sound, especially useful for long notes.SC

E4
F4

E2T ---|---Basic. 

F4
G4

F#21--|---Basic. 
T ---|34---Chromatic, use in combination with F4. 
1--|123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 
T ---|34123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 

G4

G2---|---Basic. 
---|123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 

G4
A4

G#2G#---|---Basic. 
T G#---|34---Use in combination with F4. 
G#-23|41--Flatter. 
G#---|123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 
T G#---|34123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 
T 1––|2––– Use in combination with E4. G4 is sharp. MW

A4

A2A---|---Basic. 
A---|-23FFuller sound without sounding airy.NN
EM2
A-23|-23FFlatter. 
A---|123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 

A4
B4

Bb2R A---|---Basic. 
A---|2---Trill fingering with A4. 
R A--3|1-3FBetter in tune and clearer than basic fingering.DR
R A--3F|1-3Better in tune and clearer than basic fingering.DR
R A---|123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 
A---|2123Try different RH combinations for better intonation and tone. 
R A123|-23Good intonation and smooth transitions with other notes. 
R A-23|-23FFuller sound; in tune; less awkward. NN
EM2
R A--3|--3F In tune and fuller, less airy sound. DG
KB
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