Bb1 Regular R.H. “F” fingering is flat - use thumb Bb or lever. D2 Very sharp on most piccolos, making the E sound even flatter! D#2 (crack the D tr. key discretely to raise pitch) E2 Inclined to be flat - crack D# tr. key carefully to raise pitch. Bb2 Play harmonic over Eb, venting a finger slightly. B2 Tr. ED for Bartok - use vented Eb Harmonic for Tr. Term. Right hand pinky up! B2 Pull piccolo - very sharp but good quality - tr. F for Bartok - use vented Eb Harmonic for Termination A#. C2 C#2 or D3 Very sharp but sometimes useful. Eb3 E3 Just crack D#tr key for Firebird solo. F3 F#3 Right Hand pinky up. Will be sharp. (Shostakovich 6) Ab3 Compared to F1. Ab does not speak well on most piccolos. Use this fingering when there is time. Bb3 Regular fingering but raise right hand pinky. Bb3 B3 Regular fingering but raise right hand pinky. This note will sometimes speak better when piccolo is pulled out. C#3 Quasi C# only. Useful in Shostakovich sequence in V Sym. Overblow the left hand for high scale swirls in A major. etc. Different fingerings work on different piccolos. Experiment. The more musical solution is frequently the less complicated fingering situation. Additional Fingerings Supplied By Ellen Redman Bb3 This one used in Bartok after the trill. Pull out a lot. C#4 It’s sharp, best for soft, sustained playing, Leaving the pinky off makes it less sharp.
Auxiliary Piccolo Fingerings by John Krell
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