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Flute For Dummies

From Flute For Dummies by Karen Evans Moratz

To successfully play the flute, you need to master hand and finger placement. Whether you’re a complete novice to the flute or have some experience on the instrument, always have a basic fingering guide with you to ensure that you’re playing the correct notes on your flute.

Master Flute Finger Placement

This figure tells you the standard code used in most flute fingering charts and diagrams for the fingers of your right and left hands — those that depress the flute’s keys. The figure also tells you your fingers’ home positions on the flute.

The right-hand thumb isn’t listed because its job is solely to balance the flute, not to depress any of the flute’s keys. The figure of the flute on the left correlates with the standard fingering diagram on the right to tell you which of the flute’s keys are represented in which specific places on the fingering chart.

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Basic Flute Fingering Chart

This chart provides you with the basic fingerings for all the notes on the flute. Print out the illustrations if you want a handy reference during your music making!

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