Do Fingering Charts Make Music Composition And Instrument Playing Any Easier?


In many contemporary cases today perhaps, notes and strings of notes and lines of music composition are being put together, experimented with, drafted, played around with on a chart specifically developed for the music instrument being played. A piccolo fingering chart will be used on the rare occasion that an accomplished or gifted musician is drafting a new composition.

Otherwise, it is not unusual for dedicated professionals, as part of an orchestral ensemble, to use the piccolo fingering chart to practice on a variety of passages. A fingering chart contains basic fingerings as well as alternative fingerings suitable to the selected passages. There are also fingering charts that help musicians to distinguish between ‘tone, color’ or pitch, as well as leaving room for fast passage demonstrations.

piccolo fingering chartfingering chart to practice on a variety of passages

Alternate fingerings allow the player to modify his tone and color and pitch from anything ranging from ‘normal’ to extreme levels of dynamics. Fingering charts are apt for piccolo players. Fingering charts also have separate charts for the workings of the alto, bass and soprano flute. The flutes’ fingerings can also be accommodated to the piccolo. The piccolo, alongside flutes, bassoons and oboes, will form part of what is known as the woodwinds section’s accompaniments within the traditional classical orchestra.

The question being asked by the beginner at this stage may be; do fingering charts make instrument playing and music composition any easier. Perhaps, but perhaps then only once the musician has reached an advanced stage of his musical existence, by which time he has familiarized himself with the reading of notes, which will be included to the fingering chart. But perhaps if the hours of training are focused and that dedicated, utilizing the fingering chart as part of a regular exercise will come sooner.

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