Fingering chart for Irish flute

Fingering chart for Irish flute

Hi there,

I have a slightly odd request. I am looking for a fingering chart for the flute. All seems normal enough thus far, however I need a text-based one. Being blind, a picture is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. If anyone happens to know where one might obtain such a thing, I would be most grateful.

I suppose the kind of thing I’m looking for might depict a C natural as either:

O x x OOO
or
O x x x O x

Where X represents a covered hole, and O an uncovered one.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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And here’s Terry McGee’s table turned into fairly plain text. Hope it helps.
Bear in mind it changes octave at D so Low Cs are at the top of the first octave
Low D = X  X  X  X  X  X 
Low E = X  X  X  X  X  O
Low F# = X  X  X  X  O O
Low G = X  X  X  O O O
Low A = X  X  O O O O
Low B = X  O O O O O
Low C = O X  X  O O O
Low C = O X  O X  X  X 
Low C = D  O O O O O
Low C# = O O O ?  ?  ? 
Second d = O X  X  X  X  X 
Second e = X  X  X  X  X  O
Second f# = X  X  X  X  O O
Second g = X  X  X  O O O
Second a = X  X  O O O O
Second b = X  O O ?  ?  ? 
Second c = O X  O X  X  O
Second c# = O X  X  X  O O
Second c# = O O O ?  ?  ? 
Third d’ = O X  X  ?  ?  X 
Third e’ = X  X  O O X  X 
Third f#’ = X  O X  X  O O
Third g’ = X  O X  O O O
Third a’ = O X  X  X  X  O

Re: Fingering chart for Irish flute

Wait, blind people can read? How do you use a computer?
I’m jsut messing with ya :D I’m blind as well!
I didn’t know third octave was doable on simple system flute. Looks like I’m going to be working on some third octave too! Welcome to The Session!
May the tunes and Craic flow!

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Terry McGee’s chart would not be 100% for notes from second octave c’ and up. Not on all flutes anyway.
Here are my fingerings:
Second c = oxo xxx
Second c# = 000 xx0
Third d = 0xx 000 OR oxx xxx
Third e = xxo xx0 (add g# key to improve this)
Third f# = xox xox
Third g = xox oox

P.S. The third octave fingerings work on most tin whistles too, if you want a real ear splitter :-)

Re: Fingering chart for Irish flute

hnorbeck, I’ve never ventured past a C# and don’t plan to anytime soon! Perhaps for the low whistles?

Re: Fingering chart for Irish flute

Third octave fingering is somewhat variable, depending on your specific flute. A lot of good, modern flute makers make the first two octaves work well, but might not consider the third octave important. Older flutes were certainly designed for the third octave, but you have to try a number of different fingerings to find the one for your flute.

Here is a good reference for 19th Century flutes, which show some different options. I’m afraid it is graphical rather than text. Since my flute is from 1850 (Firth, Pond & Co) it helped me quite a bit - even though I needed to find my own solutions in a couple of places:

http://www.oldflutes.com/charts/simple/index.htm

Re: Fingering chart for Irish flute

Many thanks to everyone, this is exactly what I needed. Particular shout out to TomB-R for converting that table to text, much obliged.

@TheBlindBard: I can’t read, my guide dog does it for me… *disclaimer* That would be the guide dog I don’t actually have! :-)

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I gotta get me one of those book-reading dogs XD

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@Michelle Mc

Third register D is beyond what I’ve "normally" seen in ITM. Sometimes I’ll jump up an octave for whatever reason, and then I’ve used a high-D. High C-nat does make an occasional appearance, but half the fiddlers get upset because that makes them go to second position. My Killarney whistle is sweet, pure and not harsh all the way up to 3rd D.

Beyond that? I’m having fun on my keyed 19th C flute, but the music isn’t ITM. Brazilian Choros, Argentine Tangos, Baroque.

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Tom, coincidentally I have a Killarney also, fairly new and decided to give a go to the C nat and D in the third octave. The C is actually quite nice and the D is not as shrill as expected. Last time i tried it I had a cheap Waltons. Thanks for the reminder, I can now play The Sailor’s Wife without cringing or resorting to an alternative A.