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Concert Pitch Trumpet Fingerings

March 30th, 2012
music, trumpet

What everyone else calls a 'Bb', brass players call a 'C'. While you can argue for this, it's confusing and annoying. I want to use the standard names for the notes from the beginning. I took the fingerings from this chart and converted them to concert pitch:

note1st octave2nd octave3rd octave
E1-2-322
F1-300
F#2-32-32-3
G1-21-21-2
G#111
A222
Bb000
B1-2-31-2
C1-31
C#2-32
D1-20
Eb11

Now I can figure out the standard keys:

G/Em/Am/Dmix
note1st octave2nd octave3rd octave
G1-21-21-2
A222
B1-2-31-2
C1-31
D1-20
E22
F#2-32-3

D/Bm/Em/Amix
note1st octave2nd octave3rd octave
D1-20
E22
F#2-32-3
G1-21-21-2
A222
B1-2-31-2
C#2-32

A/F#m/Bm/Emix
note1st octave2nd octave3rd octave
A222
B1-2-31-2
C#2-32
D1-20
E22
F#2-32-3
G#11

Update 2014-01-18: I've now been playing trumpet for a year and a half, and thinking of the notes in concert pitch has worked out well for me. While the fingerings were initially strange they were going to be strange playing contra dance music regardless, and the hard part is the lips anyway. Sometimes before I start an activity I have weird ideas about how the people already doing that activity should be doing something differently, and often I'm wrong, but this is a case where looking back doing it the standard way would have been much harder.

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