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Alternate Fingering Chart for Five-Hole Shakuhachi Flute

First Octave: C4 to D5

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.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

C4

C1T 12|12Bear down heavily or use knee.

C#4

C#1T 12|12Bear down.

D4

D1T 12|12 

Eb4

Eb1T 12|12Bear up.
T 12|1Bear down heavily or use knee.

E4

E1T 12|1 

F4

F1T 12|1- 

F#4

F#1T 12|- 
T 12|-2 

G4

G1T 12|-- 

G#4

G#1T 1|-- 
T 1-|1-  
T 1-|12 

A4

A1T 1-|-- 

Bb4

Bb1T -|12Bear down.
T -2|12Bear down slightly.
T 1-|--Bear up.

B4

B1T -2|-2 
T -|12 

C5

C2T --|12 

C#5

C#21-|1-  
12|-- 

D5

D2--|12 
-2|1-  
--|--  
T 12|12 
Continue to Second Octave >>

 

Special thanks to Paul Hirsh (PH) for submitting this five-hole shakuhachi flute fingering chart.

 

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