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Bassoon Fingering Chart
The following bassoon fingering chart represents the best fingerings available for the bassoon, based on
intonation and tone quality. There are many alternate fingerings available for the bassoon but most are
either out of tune or cause the note to sound very poorly and should only be used under very special
conditions and not as a base fingering.
Special attention should be paid to the fingerings of notes marked with a number. These are some of the
most commonly misunderstood notes of which many fingering charts substitute poor fingerings for the
more stable fingerings listed here. Brief explanations on each of these fingerings are included on page 4.
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Bassoon Fingering Chart
The following bassoon fingering chart represents the best fingerings available for the bassoon, based on
intonation and tone quality. There are many alternate fingerings available for the bassoon but most are
either out of tune or cause the note to sound very poorly and should only be used under very special
conditions and not as a base fingering.
Special attention should be paid to the fingerings of notes marked with a number. These are some of the
most commonly misunderstood notes of which many fingering charts substitute poor fingerings for the
more stable fingerings listed here. Brief explanations on each of these fingerings are included on page 4.
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2
Bassoon Fingering Chart - page 2
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Bassoon Fingering Chart - page 3
Fingering Notes:
Bassoon Fingering Chart - page 4
Notes on selected fingerings
1. Make sure Low D, C# and Whisper keys are used.
2. Variations on Eb include:
a. No resonance key
b. Use 1st finger, right hand instead of 2nd finger, right hand
c. Any combination of the above
It is important to find the correct fingering for Eb on each bassoon. Be sure to match both the fingering’s
intonation and tone quality compared to the notes above and below when evaluating the fingerings for this note.
3. Ensure that the little finger F# is used instead of the thumb F# key to improve tone and intonation.
4. Half Hole
The half hole notes of F#, G and G# need particular attention paid to the sound of the beginning of each note. To
ensure the correct amount of half hole and hence guaranteeing a clean attack, keep in mind that the amount of half
hole on each note varies. The F# uses the most, G a little less and G# even less. To a certain extent, the amount of
half hole varies on each bassoon so every bassoonist must determine the amount that his/her instrument requires and
incorporate this into their practicing.
5. Flicking
Each key marked in gray must be flicked, on their assigned note, to ensure a clean attack or clean slur. To flick,
lightly tap the grayed key as the note is articulated or slurred to. Coordination of this technique takes some practice
but mastery will cure the problems that these notes cause for many bassoonists.
6. All notes from E to the uppermost notes on the bassoon must have the resonance key pressed.
Check the JDRP website at www.jonesdoublereed.com for future updates to the fingerings discussed here and
more indepth discussions on many double reed topics.
Post your double reed questions on the JDRP message board at
http://www.jonesdoublereed.com/forum/default.asp
or email the Reed Advisor at reedadvisor@jonesdoublereed.com
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