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Common Flute Fingering Problem

Here are some typical flute fingering mistakes that students normally made. Check yourself whether yours are right or not. Even I also couldn’t make sure I am right every time. So it’s ok to check on fingering chart once a while to make sure you play the right note.

Here are some wrong mistakes normally made by flute students.

1, Wrong – F# fingering with the middle finger;
Right – F# fingering with the ring finger. It’s better in tune.

2, Mistakenly play high register notes by over-blowing middle or low octave fingerings.
Example: High D is often played wrongly as middle or low D fingering. Without knowing that their flute fingering is wrong, they are still trying to blow it and as a result make a fuzzy and out of tune high D.

3, Wrong: Accidentally leaves the top finger on when playing middle octave D or Eb.
Right: Left hand index finger must be off to play middle D and middle Eb.

Common Flute Fingering Problem

4, The flute student didn’t put the right hand little finger for many notes where it should be on (Note: Right hand little finger should be on for almost all notes except for middle D and low D.)
Example: F natural should have right hand little finger on to be in tune and clear.

5, You may not know there are three flute fingerings for Bb and may avoid using Bb thumb key because your teacher may told you that it’s “cheating” or may Only use the Bb thumb key, and have trouble playing B natural.
There are actually three Bb fingerings and you may use them for different purposes.

6, Flute Trill Chart: It is discovered that some flutists perform till with incorrect trill fingerings as long as the pitch is right.

7. You may put your fingers too far away from the key pads makes you play song much slower. Look at the mirror could help you if you have this problem.

8. Lastly, you may lean your right hand on the rods, leading to over hanging and slow right hand fingers that approach at a slant.

8. Flute student may be leaning right hand on the rods, leading to overhanging and slow right hand fingers that approach at a slant.