Jen Cluff ~ Flute Fingering Charts

Canadian Flutist and Teacher




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best Flute Fingering Charts Online

Best flute books with fingering charts

Piccolo fingering guides


Best Flute Fingering Charts Online

Basic Flute Fingering Chart: Jennifer Cluff created this two page fingering chart in pdf for printing out. I suggest you print out these two pages in addition to the blank fingering chart that follows, so that you can write in new and alternate fingerings for your own flute notebook.

Blank flute fingering chart: Jen Cluff created this blank chart so that students, performers and teachers can use it to fill in fingerings that are being used for the first time, for alternate fingerings, for special tremelos and trills.

Trill Exercises for Fast Fingers with Trill Chart included (24 pages of fun "faster fingers for flutists" exercises, free, in pdf. One page trill chart on pg. 17) by Jennifer Cluff. (NEW!)

The Woodwind Fingering Guide For all types of Flutes (C -flute is the regular one, but also G, Eb, ethnic, simple-system etc.) and piccolo. This is the best for printing out and hole-punching for your flute notebook or to put up on your music stand. The diagrams are clear, and include trill and tremolo fingerings, as well as alternate fingerings for top register etc. No other fingering chart online has this many items all in once place.

Fourth Octave Fingerings  The highest octave of the flute above C4, including D4, E4 etc.

Links to three more online fingering charts for alternate fingerings for advanced players Wayne Hedrick's alternate fingerings etc.

Beginner's Fingering Chart: A standard one-page basic flute fingering guide, easy to read but not printable. This is handy to look up quick basic fingerings, but if you need to print out a fingering chart, go to the Woodwind Fingering Guide above, or try one of the two simple charts below.

Armstrong Fingering Chart: A one page flute and piccolo chart that in PDF that is downloadable and printable but needs a colour printer for the red indications of fingers down. A bit tricky to read at first, but suitable for students.

 Armstrong Trill Chart: Also in colour (so requires colour printer) but do not hesitate to use the Delaney guide below, and just print out the trill chart included there also.

Delaney's Flute Fingering and Trill Chart on 8 easy to read and easy to print PDF pages including picture of flute with all keys and levers named for ease of chart reading. (trills are shown as circled fingerings T123|456D# system). Can hole punch and put in binder for lessons.

Delaney's Flute Teacher's Guide: All flute fingerings, trill fingerings and an excellent tremelo fingering guide, plus a whole teacher's "how to teach flute" book in PDF with important pointers for flutists; everything from hand position to embouchure.

 


The Virtual Flute

For insanely advanced players only: Most complete set of possible flute fingerings ever discovered: The "Virtual Flute" is an online, interactive fingering search engine developed with an engineering/physics thoroughness. Every possible fingering that will produce a pitch on the flute is cross referenced to provide you whichever fingerings will serve any number of strange and futuristic musical needs. Warning: Do not get lost in this chart; not all fingerings will work for your fluteplaying....flute fingerings still need to sound 'real' when you play the classical repertoire. Ha ha! :>)


Best flute books with fingering charts:


Best Flute Fingering Guide Book

The best book of alternate flute fingerings I've come across lately is by Nestor Herszbaum at: http://www.herszbaum.com/home.htm

The book is affordable ($26 U.S. approx.), fingering diagrams are large, easy to read, and have notations next to them giving pitch (flatter, sharper) as well as suggestions for use (for speed, for trill terminations etc.). Book is spiral bound, visually a very quick-reference, (no text to clutter the quick-find diagrams of pitches and their trills and tremelos) and contains all the most commonly used fingerings for tremelos, trills, standard pitches, and fourth octave.


The book entitled: "The Flutist's Vade Mecum" by Walfrid Kujala, which is a scale and arpeggio book, has a good basic fingering and trill chart included also. Available at Fluteworld.


For unusual fingering sound effects:

See Robert Dick's Books for Flute that include fingerings for unusual techniques, extended techniques, and expanded colour pallet.

The Other Flute by Robert Dick (expensive but full of fingering possibilites)

Tone Development Through Extended Technique affordable book with many fingerings for tone colour changes (hollow, bamboo, metallic, multiphonic etc.) as well as great developmental tone exercises and practice pages for using overblowing to sound the harmonic series accurately and with more richly developed body-throat-resonance enhancements.

View these two Robert Dick book covers at: http://www.vcisinc.com/flute.htm


Piccolo fingering information online:

Piccolo fingering charts on the net


Piccolo Fingering Articles:

PICCOLO: Best fingering charts for picc alternate fingerings: Contact the publishers of Flutetalk at flutetalk@instrumentalistmagazine.com to obtain back issues of editions below; or look for back issues at University and Music libraries under 'Music Periodicals':

Flutetalk magazine: December 97 ~ Piccolo Trill Chart by Morgan Williams

Flutetalk magazine: July-Aug 95 ~ Special Piccolo Fingerings by Jan Gippo ( &Morgan Williams)


Piccolo Fingering Book:

New Piccolo fingering BOOK, see: http://www.vcisinc.com/flute.htm

A Basic Guide to Fingerings for the Piccolo

by Stephen Tanzer

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