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 Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: EuGeneSee 
Date:   2006-12-20 13:18

Hello: I'm EuGene, a straphanger over on the clarinet forum, who has a question about the fingering charts for those older 6 to 10 key, no ring (often made of boxwood), clarinets. I recently obtained one of them (a 10 key version) and so became interested in learning to play it.

I see those horns often on that infamous auction site, and a couple of times over the years in flea markets, but have never seen anything about fingering them. My computer skills are, at best, rudimentary, so I haven't figured out how to search for such a chart.

Does anyone here know of a source for fingering charts for these clarinets?


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 Re: Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: GBK 
Date:   2006-12-20 19:53 ...GBK

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 Re: Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: EuGeneSee 
Date:   2006-12-20 21:18

Thanks, Glenn:
I'll print those out then play with different fingering combinations where the Oehler/Alber fingering calls for the pressing of keys that are not on the old style clarinet. This thing, with respect to keywork, falls somewhere between an Oehler/Albert and a recorder. Actually, several of the keys for various accidentals are located similar to the boehme clarinet on the upper joint (the A & Ab key levers are side-by-side and do not operate together). The lower joint is a little trickier, as there are only 2 long LH pinkie levers and only 1 RH pinkie lever. Anyhoo, I'll give it a whirl and write up a chart for fingerings that differ from the Oehler/Albert chart. Thanks again.

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 Re: Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: Dee 
Date:   2006-12-21 12:11

Try this link. It gives fingerings for a 5 key clarinet.

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 Re: Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: EuGeneSee 
Date:   2006-12-21 17:05

Dee: Thanks a load for these charts . . . mine has 10 keys, so it won't be much effort to modify these charts accordingly. The extra 5 keys (similar to those on a modern Bb boehme) are the throat G#, sliver, shortest trill key, and bottom wrap-around in the upper joint and the banana key in the lower joint. They simplify some of the more complicated sharp/flat fingerings on the 2nd chart. Eu

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 Re: Vintage clarinet fingering
Author: Gnomon 
Date:   2006-12-22 07:30

The Basic fingering on all clarinets except the Boehm is the same, so you should be able to figure it out from all those charts. You could also try my page:

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