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Alternate Fingering Chart for Boehm-System Clarinet

Lower Altissimo Register: C6 to G6

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.

 

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C6
D6

C#3 RT -23|12- Basic.  
RT ---|34--- Trill fingering with C6.  
RT 1--|4--- Trill fingering with B5.  
1--|--- Harmonic (F#4).  
RT G#123|12-G# Harmonic (E5).  
R 123|123G# Full sound and great response at pp. GK

D6

D3 RT -23|1--G# Basic.  
RT ---|2--- Trill fingering with C6.  
RT G#---|4--- Less flat, trill fingering with C6.  
RT G#---|--- Trill fingering with C6.  
RT ---|---G# Harmonic (G4).  
RT G#-23|12- Full tone, good intonation, and great response at pp. GK
R 123|1-3G# Secure at pp, useful for wide interval leaps. GK
RT –23|–23G# Good intonation and response. Works well at mf to ff dynamics. NL2

D6
E6

Eb3 RT -23|1-B-G# Basic.  
RT -23|--3G# Use in combination with lower clarion notes.  
RT -23|-2-G# Flat, use for facility, trill fingering with C#6.  
RT A---|---G# Harmonic (flat A4).  
R 123|-2-G# Dark, covered sound. Great for pp passages. GK

E6
F6

E4 RT -23|---G# Basic.  
RT G#-23|---    
R 123|---G#    

E6
F6

F4 RT -23C#|---G# Basic.  
RT 123C#|123 Use for slurring with lower registers and for pp.  
RT 123C#|2---G# Useful for wide interval skips with any LH-only fingering. Quick response. GK
RT A123C#|--- Easy to finger (LH only). Free blowing and good for ff. GK
RT G#-23C#|---G#    

F6
G6

F#4 RT -2-|---G# Basic.  
RT 12-|123G# Use for slurs with lower registers, more stable, good for pp and ff.  
RT 12-|4---G# Accurate pitch. Speaks easily in all dynamics. Good for wide skips. GK
RT -2-|-2-F#    
RT –2–|––BG# Stable. Use at mf to ff dynamics. DS
RT 12-|1---G# Stable. Use in slurs from lower registers. Good for pp.  
RT -23|123G#    
RT 1--|-23F    
RT 123|-23G#    
RT –23C#|3-––G# Use for fast chromatic passages between E6 and G#6. JC

G6

G4 RT -2-|12-G# Basic.  
RT 1--|12-G# Use for slurs from clarion notes.  
RT 1--|1--G#    
RT 1--|1--F# Sharper than basic fingering. Anon.
RT 1--|12-G#    
RT 1--|---G# For quick slurs with D6. JG
RT --3C#|---F# Trill fingering with F6.  
RT -23|12-G# Harmonic (C#6).  
RT -23C#|12-G# More secure than without LH C# key. KB2
LL
RT -23|123F    
RT -2-|1-3G#    
RT -2Eb-|---G#    
RT -2-|4---G# Trill fingering with F#6.  
RT -2-|4--B-    
RT --3C#|---G#    
RT 1--|123G# Use in combination with F#6 (RT 12-|123G#). AB
RT –2–C#|3-––G# Use for fast chromatic passages between E6 and G#6. JC
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