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Fingering Scheme for Sarrusophone

The fingering scheme below describes the text and key images used to represent fingerings in the fingering charts.

 

Left Thumb Keys

I Low Octave Key
The high octave key is the thumb key that is closest to the mouthpiece.  The key is used as a vent for notes in the range D5 to G5 and E6 to G6.

II High Octave Key
The low octave key is the middle thumb key, between the second octave key and the low Bb key.  The key is used as a vent for notes in the range G#5 to D6.

Bb Low Bb Key
The low Bb key is the key farthest from the mouthpiece.  The key is used primarily for playing low Bb3.

Left Hand Main Keys

1 First (Index) Finger Key

2 Second (Middle) Finger Key

3 Third (Ring) Finger Key

Left Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

G# G# Key
The G# key is located closer to the mouthpiece than the low C# and low B keys and is used primarily for playing G#4, G#5, and Eb6.

C# Low C# Key
The low C# key is the outer key in this key stack and is used primarily for playing low C#4.

B Low B Key
The low B key is the inner key in this key stack and is used primarily for playing low B3.

Right Thumb Keys

D D Octave key
The D octave key is the only right hand thumb key and is used for playing D5, Eb5, and D6.  On some models, this key is placed as a left thumb key instead of a right thumb key. 

Right Hand Main Keys

1 First (Index) Finger Key

2 Second (Middle) Finger Key

3 Third (Ring) Finger Key

Right Hand Side Keys

D D Side Key
The D side key is the side key just above the right hand main keys and is used to play third-octave D6.

C C Side Key
The C side key is the side key closest to the mouthpiece and is used as an alternate and trill fingering for first- and second-octave C.

Bb Bb Side Key
The side Bb key is the side key farthest from the mouthpiece and is used for the basic and trill fingering for first- and second-octave Bb.

Right Hand Little Finger (Pinky) Keys

Eb Low Eb Key
The low Eb key is the upper right hand little finger key and is used for playing first- and second-octave Eb. Some models include rollers for this key and the low C key for switching between the two keys.

C Low C Key
The low C key is the lower right hand little finger key and is used primarily for playing low C.

Sarrusophone Fingerings

The numbers 1, 2, and 3 are used to represent main holes to be closed while a dash (-) is used to indicate a main hole to remain open.  Left thumb keys are shown first, followed by left hand main keys, a pipe (|) to separate hands, and finally right hand main keys.

II 123|1--
 -2-|D 1--

Side keys and little finger (pinky) keys are shown as superscripts in the left hand and subscripts in the right hand at the position the keys are located.

12-|Bb---
123C#|123C

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Eb Contrabass Sarrusophone

Left Thumb

Left Thumb Sarrusophone Keys

 

Left Hand

Left Hand Sarrusophone Keys


Right Thumb

Right Hand Thumb Keys


Right Hand

Right Hand Sarrusophone Keys


Images courtesy of Grant Green's Contrabass Mania.

 

 

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