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Alternate Fingering Chart for Oboe

First Octave: Bb3 to C5

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 are the same on oboes and English horns unless specified otherwise.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

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A3
B3

Bb0 123Bb|123C Basic.   
123|123C [B Bb] Close the lower two holes of the bell with the knees. For oboes without the low Bb key.  
123Bb|123c Use in combination with alternate C4.  

B3
C4

B0 123B|123C Basic.   
123B|123c Use in combination with alternate C4.  

B3
C4

C1 123|123C Basic.   
123|123c Alternate fingering for use with C#4.  

C4
D4

C#1 123|123C# Basic.  
123|123cC# Use in combination with C4  

D4

D1 123|123 Basic.  

D4
E4

Eb1 123|123Eb Basic.   
123Eb|123 Use in combination with C4 and C#4.  

E4
F4

E1 123|12- Basic.  

E4
F4

F1 123|12F- Basic.   
123F|12- Use in combination with fingerings involving RH 3.  
123|1-3 Use in combination with fingerings involving RH 3.  
123|1-3Eb Use in combination with fingerings involving RH 3, such as Eb4.  
123Eb|1-3 Use in combination with fingerings involving RH 3.  

F4
G4

F#1 123|1-- Basic.  

G4

G1 123|--- Basic.  
123B|--- Slightly flatter, less bright, and more focused sound. CB2

G4
A4

G#1 123G#|--- Basic. Use after Eb4 or Eb5.  
123|G#--- Trill fingering for open-hole models.  
123|A--- Trill fingering for closed-hole models.  

A4

A1 12-|--- Basic.  

A4
B4

Bb1 12-|1-- Basic.   
1-3G#|--- Closed-hole.  
1-3|G#--- Closed-hole.  
1-3|A--- Open-hole.  
1B2-|1-- Trill fingering with B4.  
12-|123    
12-|123C#    
12-|123Eb    
12-Eb|123    

B4
C5

B1 1--|--- Basic.   
1B--|--- Trill fingering with A#4.  
1-3Bb|123C Harmonic.   
12-B|123C Harmonic.  

B4
C5

C2 1--|1-- Basic.   
-2-|---    
1-3|123C Harmonic.   
023|123C Use in combination with C#5.  
1--|123    
1--|123C#    
1--|123Eb    
1--Eb|123    
103G#|123C Press ring of LH middle finger, leaving the tone hole open. Slightly sharp with better control than similar fingering without depressed ring. JM
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