The following are essential third octave fingerings that every student should know. These fingerings are used to lower the pitch, most commonly in forte passages.

These fingerings should be taught to our students and memorized as soon as they comprehend in what instances they should be used.









Historical Note: Theobald Boehm, the creator of the modern flute system, shows in his book "Die Flöte und das Flötenspiel" (1871) some of the alternative fingerings above. Download a PDF of Boehm's Flute Fingerings Table


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