Lower Register Alternate Fingering Chart for the Clarinet, by Kyle Coughlin
This chart shows the alternate clarinet fingerings for the lower register of the instrument. To view a fingering, point to a note on the left hand side of the page. A box will open and tell you how many fingerings there are for that note. If there are multiple fingerings, click on the note to move to the next option. The primary fingering is shown first on the diagram, and an explanation is given for the best use of each alternate fingering.
Not all fingerings work equally well. Some are slightly out of tune or have a less desirable tone quality than others. It’s a good idea to check your alternate fingerings with a tuner to make sure that you are using the best fingering for each situation. Avoid squeaks - remember to cover each tone hole completely to get each note to speak clearly.
Interactive PDF printable versions of these clarinet fingering charts are now available!
For a larger and easier to read lower register clarinet fingering chart that does not require Flash Player, visit TheClarinet.net. The interactive fingering charts can be used on iPhones, iPads, and other portable devices. Each note includes alternate fingerings and sound!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do the notes A sharp and B flat have the exact same fingerings?
Those notes have the same fingerings because they produce the exact same pitches. Notes that have different names but sound alike are called enharmonic equivalents. The following groups of pitches are enharmonic equivalents and sound exactly the same:
F sharp = G flat
G sharp = A flat
A sharp = B flat
C sharp = D flat
D sharp = E flat
C natural = B sharp
F natural = E sharp
C flat = B natural
F flat = E natural
I think that I'm using the right fingers, but I am not sure that I'm right. How can I tell if I'm playing the correct note?
Use the fingering charts with sound for both the lower register and the upper register. Click on the desired note and see if it sounds like the note that you are playing on your clarinet.