Martin Doyle playing one of his simple system keyless D flutes

Fingering Charts

Fingering charts for simple system keyless D flutes with PDF versions available.

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Fingering Charts for Keyless D Flutes

These fingering charts are inspired by the fingering charts published by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697–1773) in his treatise On Playing the Flute which was first published in 1752. Martin Doyle studied Quantz at the beginning of his flute making career and found On Playing the Flute to be a great source of inspiration and information regarding simple system flutes and eighteenth century music in general.

Notes

  • These fingering charts use the movable doh solfège system.
  • All of these fingerings work, but should you find any variations that suit you better, please do not hesitate to use them.
  • Printable PDF versions of these fingering charts are available below each image.

Fingering Chart Key

  • = tone hole covered
  • = tone hole uncovered
  • = tone hole half covered
  • = optional
  • = alternate ways to play the same note

(The flute featured in these fingering charts is a Martin Doyle D flute made from Kanuka wood. Kanuka is native to New Zealand.)

Fingering Chart 1 – Natural Scale for Traditional Flute



Click on the image below to download a printable PDF version of Fingering Chart 1.

 

Fingering Chart 2 – Accidental Notes for Traditional Flute



Click on the image below to download a printable PDF version of Fingering Chart 2.