Thursday, December 27, 2007

Flute Fingering Chart for free

Dear Flutists and Flute Teachers,

I have created some free downloadable flute fingering charts in pdf, also some fingering chart blank pages ( 2 pages for filling in notes and fingerings) and other helpful items for those looking for specialized fingerings for the flute.
Please help yourself.

1. Basic Flute Fingering Chart (free two-page PDF)

2. Fingering chart blank (for writing in new fingerings for trills, tremelos, and alternate flute fingerings)

3. Common misfingerings in Band Flutists (this pdf shows the common mis-fingerings, and also, very importantly, explains the three common fingerings for B-flat)

4. Where to put your fingers to play the flute: This diagram in pdf is easy to read.

5. All sorts of useful online flute trill charts and fingering charts for free.

6. An article on flute alternate fingerings (for intermediate/advanced players.)

Happy Holidays and HO HO HO!
Jen Cluff
Comments (81)
Blogger Sheila said...

Marvelous! I thought I was going crazy seeing as the only decent chart (without ads on it for yucky flutes) were un-printable. Thank you so much!

Sheila

Friday, December 28, 2007 12:14:00 PM

 
Anonymous Stengel99 said...

Thanks for your blog. There are a numbers of music education blogs out there, and I particularly enjoy the ones like your that focus on pedagogy. Those like me - music teachers who are not flute specialists - appreciate folks like you who give information we wouldn't necessarily have otherwise.

Sunday, March 02, 2008 7:49:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thankyou for your comment Stengel. Nice to hear from you about Pedagogical usefulness. Thanks. Jen :>)

Sunday, March 02, 2008 9:20:00 AM

 
Blogger agusprita said...

Great for your blog. I'm from Indonesia. Now, i am beginner in flute and i have some question where did i buy flute and with cheap price of course. Where did i start to study a flute. appreciate for your respond. keep on share information about flute. thank you.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 11:45:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Cheap flutes don't last, and can be frustrating to play.
I would look for a second-hand Yamaha flute for around $200 if you can find one, and make sure it is fully functional. Take it to a private teacher to test, and be sure to get lessons. You'll play much better, much faster on a good instrument with a good teacher.
See articles on this site about buying a used flute, and finding a teacher:
http://www.jennifercluff.com/used.htm

and
http://www.jennifercluff.com/finding.htm

Best of luck,
Jen

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 12:04:00 AM

 
Anonymous Gary said...

Dear Jennifer,

Thanks you the clear flute fingering charts of a more legible format. But it still leaves with the problem of E & F having the same fingerings in 1st and 2nd octaves! I will need to ask my teacher about this as I would love to play the whole scale. I have heard about over blowing and rolling-in. But I will need help with that.
Admittedly I have acquired some suggested alternatives elsewhere, but I don’t know if they are correct. Maybe my guitar tuner will prove this to be true or false.

Even so, modern the flute is a remarkable development.

I have only just started to learn to play , and wish I'd started years ago.
A mid-life crisis in the positive sense!

Gary
Folkestone, England.

Saturday, August 09, 2008 4:30:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Dear Gary,
Actually, when I learned the flute at age 11 I was HAPPY that several of the fingerings were just the same in the low and middle octaves, and that overblowing (increasing the air-speed) was all that was needed. "Rolling in" is a slightly wrong instruction, in my opinion. And I have never heard of any other fingerings for F and E in the middle register other than the basic ones. Curious.....Jen :>)

Saturday, August 09, 2008 9:23:00 AM

 
Anonymous Terra said...

WOW!!! My mom had a chart for fingering, but i couldn't find it. This fingering chart is awesome! It's legible, and prints, too.

Friday, November 28, 2008 6:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Glad it helped, Terra.
Best, Jen :>)

Friday, November 28, 2008 8:29:00 PM

 
Anonymous Chelsy said...

I tried many flute charts and yours was the only correct. Every one would make common mistakes like says this fingering was this note when it was the next note up. good job! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008 3:30:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Dear Chelsey,
Yes, I grew up with a fingering chart (very old, very smudged, very photocopied) that gave the wrong fingering for high Bb; so I know what you mean; it's STILL hard to find a good flute fingering chart that's absolutely correct.
I get the impression that many flute-publishers don't proof-read their charts.
Best, and thanks for the comments.
Jen :>)

Saturday, November 29, 2008 4:51:00 PM

 
Anonymous Gigageek said...

... An excellent fingering chart, well made, and prints clear and clean. Folks who provide this sort of resource free of charge are the kind of people we need more of ....

Saturday, December 27, 2008 9:48:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks for saying so.
J.

Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:44:00 AM

 
Anonymous haole hula chick said...

Jennifer, thanks so much for posting this. I'm just starting out with the flute and this fingering chart makes it so much easier on me. thanks again.

-a very grateful beginner

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:17:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thank YOU for writing and saying so Hula. Best, Jen :>)

Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:00:00 AM

 
Blogger Travis said...

Thank you so much for doing this! It has been over 10 years since I last played and I'm excited to use your charts to get back into it!

Monday, March 23, 2009 2:36:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks Travis. Happy to be of help! :>)

Monday, March 23, 2009 3:19:00 PM

 
Anonymous Nico said...

This is an excellent resource, I'm so happy to have found this chart and your blog!

I'm reintroducing myself to the flute after a greater than ten year absence from the instrument, and this chart has been a great help.

Big love from the T-dot,

--Nico

Saturday, March 28, 2009 5:00:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks Nico.
Is T-dot some kind of short-hand?
J.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 7:43:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

AH HA!
T-dot is what I thought it is.
T.O. the big city from whence I came.
Say hello to the Annex for me.
Best,
Jen :>)

Saturday, March 28, 2009 7:45:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love what you have on this site! quick question...Is there an alternate fingering pattern for Russian Easter Overture ...upper register a,f#e,f#,c#f#,e,f#,repeated rapid section? thanks for any help or advice!
Laura

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

For the pattern you mention, have you already tried overblowing B to get F#3 and A to get E3?

Jen

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:48:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks! I will try that
Laura

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:50:00 AM

 
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Hi I'm a beggining player and our band instructer gave us a fingering chart at the beggining of the year and i lost mine the other day i thought no big deal until today my band instructer told us to bring our fingering charts to class tomarrow your chart is a lifesaver it's a wonderful site

Monday, May 18, 2009 3:45:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Glad you found it in time.
best, J.

Monday, May 18, 2009 4:11:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You very much for posting this Fingering Chart.

Saturday, August 08, 2009 10:25:00 AM

 
Anonymous Arturo García said...

Thank you, Jennifer for this flute chart.
I've been learning on my own up today, but I'm starting regular lessons with a teacher. This chart will be very helpful.
From Mexico City, Arturo

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:55:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the blank fingering charts. They are such a help!

Kristin

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 2:44:00 PM

 
Anonymous Mehran said...

Just Perfect!
Really loved the whole pages.
You are doing a nice job :)

Best,
Mehran

Saturday, November 07, 2009 12:08:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much I am in my second year of flute, and when I swiched schools, the school that I'm at now is higher then me. This fingering chart should help a lot!!! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 5:57:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting your website, especially the fingering chart and videos. I'm a string player and former clarinet player who "inherited" my daughter's flute am trying to learn it on my own.

Fiddl2

Sunday, November 29, 2009 6:51:00 AM

 
Blogger finley said...

you really need a full length scale

Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:45:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Finley wrote: You really need a full length scale.
------------------
Jen writes:

Sorry, did your sentence get cut off? Don't understand exactly what you mean.
J.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:28:00 PM

 
Blogger adya said...

I have just retired from full-time woodwind teaching and played/performed with my organist husband in the past. Now I find myself playing with an orchestra and we are performing Sait-Saens Carnaval des Animaux. I am sooooooo happy with your advice and practice tips. Your site is in my favorites! Thanks heaps. Adya

Saturday, January 30, 2010 8:18:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Thanks Adya.
So kind of you to say so.
Onward and upward.
Best,
Jen

Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:54:00 PM

 
Blogger Impunity said...

At last!!! A fingering chart that makes sense & refers to the notes at the same time. I'm new to the flute & being older I find a little difficulty in putting it all together. Thanks again.
John L. Rossland BC

Sunday, January 31, 2010 5:51:00 PM

 
Blogger Deme said...

I am a humble engineer who never took formal studies of music. Your fingering chart allowed me to quickly make progresses and to enjoy the instrument while in a long-term assignment very far from my family. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 1:55:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Deme,
Happy to hear it.
Onward and upward!
Best, J.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 2:57:00 PM

 
Anonymous HW said...

It is 30 years since I last played my flute & in the meantime I have not only lost my embouchure but also have even forgotten which keys to rest my fingers on!!! Your chart is superb & should get me going again (even at my age?!). Thank you!

Thursday, May 20, 2010 1:03:00 PM

 
Blogger Jonathan said...

I'm an alto sax player doubling onto flute, and I have to say this blog post was probably the most useful thing i've come across so far. Thanks for putting it up!

Sunday, May 30, 2010 5:02:00 PM

 
Blogger ~Hannah Morrow~ said...

Thanks you soooooo much for putting this up!!!:)
I'm fixing to start teaching flute to a girl at my church and had no idea how I was gonna show her the fingering.
Thanks again!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 7:24:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent chart .. I have played the flute for many years .. but have neglected playing for a few years and I'm trying to play again Hindemith Sonate --- your chart helpful for the high keys again!

www.adamgill.com

Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:23:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Wow, you must really love Hindemith in order to learn the high register fingerings! hahhahahahaha.
Jen

Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:01:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for this chart! My daughter is in her second year of playing flute and had forgotten how to play some of the notes. I looked up a fingering chart and found yours! Thank you it was very helpful!

Monday, August 30, 2010 5:53:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

So glad I could help.
There's nothing more annoying then finding out you've been using wrong fingerings when you finally start private lessons. They take so long to unlearn and relearn.
Good job.
Best,
Jen

Monday, August 30, 2010 7:44:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi jen,
This may be silly, but can you show me the finger chart for Fb?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 5:03:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Anonymous,

Can you find a piano nearby? Find F and then go down one semi-tone to find F-flat. What note is it? What's it's other name?
You can do it on the flute too. Play F and then go down one half-step to the next note.
It will be a note you already know well. J.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 5:24:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chart. I play saxophone and bassoon and just started to learn flute by myself today but couldn't find a good fingering chart until yours. It's awesome! :)

Thursday, November 04, 2010 5:59:00 PM

 
Blogger Delaney Thirsty said...

Thank you for the flute fingering chart! It helped on my Chromatic Scale pass offs!

Sunday, November 21, 2010 6:47:00 AM

 
Blogger Ida said...

Thanks for the charts there awesome, since im trying to learn how to play on the flute all by myself its still confusing.

Monday, December 13, 2010 1:42:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Ida,
Be sure to take a few lessons to unconfuse the beginner. Saves you YEARS of time in the long run.
Best, Jen

Monday, December 13, 2010 3:32:00 PM

 
Blogger Alison said...

I'm a 34 year old who used to play flute and piccolo in grades 4-8. I thought it would be good to dust it off after a few decades and give it another go. Thanks for the charts, I couldn't have remembered it without you!

Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:46:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

You're welcome Alison! Jen

Sunday, January 30, 2011 10:18:00 AM

 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Jennifer,
Thank you so much for posting so many wonderful resources! You are being very helpful to lots and lots of people!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 5:23:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyy , the fingering chart was awesome . I couldn't find a good one till I saw yours ... Anw , I have problems with playing the normal 'c' . Is there a proper way to hold the flute steadily while playing it ?

Friday, February 25, 2011 1:21:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

How to hold the flute steadily while playing "C" is here:

http://www.jennifercluff.com/lineup.htm

Best, Jen

Friday, February 25, 2011 8:39:00 AM

 
Anonymous J. Auestad said...

Thank you, this chart is just what I needed for my 11 year old Granddaughter.....I write and play classical guitar and piano, but I am a little out of my element with the flute....you have alleviated some stress. smiling in Tucson

Friday, April 01, 2011 3:04:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

You are so welcome in Tucson!
Best, Jen

Friday, April 01, 2011 5:24:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most wonderful chart I have found, and the only one I understood, I had a rather extensive piece I wanted to play, and it had A lot of high notes (that I didn't know) in it. this really helped!! Thank you!!

Whitney

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:29:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Hi Whitney,
Yes, some are very tricky to read when the flute is shown vertically instead of horizontally, or with numbers/code instead of circles for the keys.
Glad to help.
Jen

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:45:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much i was going insane trying to find something like this!! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011 8:31:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Anon,
I *know*!!
It's the simplest thing in the world: a great, easy to read flute fingering chart that's printable multiple times, for free, for everyone who's learning the flute.
How simple; yet how crazy that they're so hard to find.
That's why I wrote it up.
Anyone can write one and put it up.
So easy nowadays with a paint program.
So glad to help.
Best, Jen

Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:39:00 PM

 
Blogger youana said...

THXXX Sooooo MUCH

Sunday, October 09, 2011 11:14:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer, I have a friend who is in need of someone who can show her flute fingerings. I used to play the flute and went online to find a fingering chart. Yours is by far the most legible. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Gratefully, MR, Seattle

Thursday, November 24, 2011 12:38:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Thanks MR! Happy news. So glad to help. Best, Jen

Thursday, November 24, 2011 2:06:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! Just letting you know this is much appreciated.

Sunday, December 04, 2011 10:26:00 PM

 
Anonymous Mr.Via said...

Thank you so much but as I am a proffesional flutist, I will comment that some note fingerings in the high octave for the PDF file are wrong. The middle octave chart really helped and is still helping my students. The ones at River Trail Middle School are really using the charts!!!! Thank you so much Jennifer Cluff!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:31:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Mr. Via,

Please tell me which fingerings are wrong. Thankyou. Jen

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:50:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Mr. Via,

I have checked and re-checked the high octave fingerings; I cannot find any that are wrong. Please let me know. Thanks. Jen

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:52:00 PM

 
Blogger Our Family in Senegal said...

Thank you! I am also picking the flute up again after many years.

Sunday, January 29, 2012 5:24:00 PM

 
Anonymous jenny said...

hi i am a new beginer and with out ur help i would of givin up playing the flute now i am preforming in assemblys at school every month ur the best

Sunday, February 12, 2012 7:45:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Jenny,

I'm glad to know the fingering chart is helpful. If you really love the flute, take private lessons for 30 minutes a week. You will improve so much faster, you won't believe it.
Best, Jen

Sunday, February 12, 2012 8:08:00 AM

 
Blogger shawna said...

Thanks! I'm picking up my flute again for the first time in about 18 years. It's starting to come back to me again after looking at your charts.

Friday, April 20, 2012 12:56:00 AM

 
Anonymous Miaw said...

Hi you're blog is really nice and easy to read... i was hoping if you can answer my question, im a begginer and im confuse about the finger chart where the right pinky is on. there is only two things that pinky can click, like this |= but in the figer chart there is 3 horizontal lines. im really confuse, does it mean i just have to hold the top horizontal half way? or i dont really know....please explain thanks!

Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:51:00 PM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Miaw,

The pinky normally uses one tear-drop shaped key, which is the closest key to reach, immediately to the right of the key used by the ring finger.
T123 | 123)

The additional keys for the pinky are only used for the lowest notes.

If your flute has a C-foot, there will be one horizontal "roller" and one flat "spatula" key:
-
T123 | 123 ) o


If your flute has a B-foot, there will be two horizontal "rollers" as well as the flat spatula key:

=
T123 | 123 ) o

A flute teacher will explain all this to you.
Best, Jen

Thursday, May 03, 2012 11:56:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hit the jackpot! I am a 68 year old "girl" who has always wanted to learn the flute. I play banjo, mandolin, and guitar, but love the sound of the flute. I bought a silver Gemeinhardt a week ago and have been watching Youtube for instructions. I think your fingering guide is amazing. So clear and easy to understand. Thanks for taking the time to share.
Mina

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:05:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

Thanks Mina!
Jen

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:21:00 AM

 
Anonymous Lindzi said...

It's no wonder you have so many fantastic comments. Your blog is so helpul and I can't agree more with everyone else about the fingering chart. Thanks!

Saturday, July 06, 2013 9:59:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

Thanks so much Lindzi. I think it's hilarious-dasterdly-unbelievable that fingering charts are so hard to find. They should be all over the place; they should be in every flute case on an easy-to-read plastic card, or something.
It's just wild.
Honestly. We can put a man on the moon...(but we can't find our flute fingering charts!)
hahhahahaa.
Thanks again everyone for your lovely complimentary comments. :>)
Best, Jen

Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:42:00 PM

 
Blogger Cheryl Autry said...

Thanks for sharing a fingering chart that is big enough to read easily! At 61 and after not plalying for 43 years I have dusted off my flute!Your chart is helping me remember whatI had forgotten. I have joind a SR. citizens band and am having such fun! I know it will take lots of practice to regain skills so long unused. I am enjoying relearning an instument I love. At this age prctice is fun not a chore as it was when younger! Thanks for sharing! Cheryl

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:00:00 AM

 
Blogger jen said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thanks for sharing! :>)
Happy times.
Best, Jen

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:52:00 AM

 

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