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Thirds Tremolo Fingering Chart for Oboe

First Octave: Bb3 to C5

This fingering chart includes tremolo fingerings, which are fingerings designed for rapid alternation between two notes. This particular chart covers tremolos in which the two notes are spaced at intervals of minor thirds (3 semitones) and major thirds (4 semitones) apart. Many of these fingerings can also be used as alternate fingerings for some fast passages. Keys to be trilled are indicated in red. When more than one key is to be trilled, the keys should be simultaneously pressed and simultaneously released, unless the description says to alternate pressing and releasing the keys. These fingerings are the same on oboes and English horns unless specified otherwise.

 

Tremolo

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.
A3-C4
B3-D4
Bb3-Db4  Not feasible. 
B3-D4 Bb3-D4123Bb|123CAwkward two-finger trill.DD

B3-D4

B3-D4123B|123CAwkward two-finger trill.DD

B3-D4
C4-E4

B3-D#4  Not feasible. 

B3-D4
C4-E4

C4-Eb4123Eb|123C DD

C4-E4

C4-E4123|123C DD

C4-E4
D4-F4

C#4-E4123|123C# DD

C4-E4
D4-F4

Db4-F4123|123C#Awkward.DD

D4-F4

D4-F4123|123Emphasize F.DD

D4-F4

D4-F#4123|123 DD

D4-F4
E4-G4

D#4-F#4123|123Eb DD
123Eb|123 DD

E4-G4

Eb4-G4123Eb|123 DD
123|123EbMore difficult to keep Eb key pressed.DD

E4-G4

E4-G4123|12- DD

E4-G4
F4-A4

E4-G#4123G#|12- DD

E4-G4
F4-A4

F4-Ab4123G#|12F- DD

F4-A4

F4-A4123|12F- DD

F4-A4

F#4-A4123|1–- DD

F4-A4
G4-B4

Gb4-Bb4123|1–- DD

G4-B4

G4-Bb4123|–[rod]––On the side of the oboe, there is a rod that opens two holes, one between the RH 1 and RH 2 keys and another between RH 2 and RH 3 keys. This rod is the one that moves when the RH 1 key is depressed. For this fingering, press the rod to open the two RH keys.DD

G4-B4

G4-B4123|---EbPressing the Eb key helps to prevent the instrument from wobbling.DD

G4-B4
A4-C5

G#4-B4123G#|––– DD

G4-B4
A4-C5

Ab4-C5123G#|–[rod]––Press the RH rod (see G4-Bb4 above). DD

A4-C5

A4-C512*|-[rod]--Press the RH rod (see G4-Bb4 above). Also, trill the hole between LH 2 and LH 3 keys with the LH 3 finger.DD

A4-C5

A4-C#512–|–23EbPress RH 2 and 3 for stability.DD

A4-C5
B4-D5

Bb4-Db512–|1–– DD

B4-D5

Bb4-D512–|1D––D is flat. Slightly press the LH C# trill key to improve the pitch.DD

B4-D5

Bb4-D51––|1D–– DD

B4-D5
C5-E5

B4-D#5I 1DC#–|–––Awkward with poor intonation on D#.DD
B4-D5
C5-E5
C5-Eb5023Eb|123C DD
I 1DC#–|1––Awkward with poor intonation on Eb.DD
C5-E5 C5-E5023Eb|123C#Poor intonation on E.DD
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