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What are your experiences with The Virtual Flute? If you have found this web service helpful in your performances or compositions, or if you would like to provide suggestions for new features or improvements, we would certainly like to hear from you! Also, be sure to browse through the comments of other musicians below. Their experiences demonstrate the range of fingering searches that are possible with The Virtual Flute. There are two ways in which you can post a comment:

  • When you find a useful fingering, click the  ()  icon beside the note or multiphonic of interest. In your description, please tell us the musical context of your search, such as the piece of music, the musical phrase, or the precise sequence of notes and fingerings which call for an alternate fingering.
  • Or, to post a general comment on the website as a whole, click here.

Jane Cavanagh
Flute - Muramatsu EX
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - C foot Th 1 2     |   2   tr2 (split E)

Note(s) - D#6

Piece of music - Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite, flute 1 part

I was playing Stravinsky's "Firebird". It required an acciaccatura from B5 (B above the stave) to E6 (The E above that). It's far too easy to split the last B and slip up to an F#6 instead. This good fingering alleviated the problem, although it's a very sharp D#6.

Jane Cavanagh
Flute - Muramatsu EX
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - C foot Th 1 2 3   | 1     tr2 D# (split E)

Note(s) - F6

My problem fingering was a tremolo from F6 (Th 1 3 | 1 D#) to A6 (Th 2 | 1 D#). I searched for a fingering for the F6 which included the keys of the A6. I also ordered the fingerings by playability. This fingering, listed at the top of the search, is comfortable and the tuning is adequate for a tremolo.

Jane Cavanagh
Flute - Muramatsu EX
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - B foot   1 2     |   2   tr2 (split E)

Note(s) - F7

In the acoustics lab we searched for fingerings for high F (the fourth one on the flute), ordering the search by playability. This fingering was returned at the top of the search, producing a brilliantly clear F.

This finding is useful in contemporary music as this fingering makes the note much easier to play, particularly when pp, than the standard fingering. This new note is playable on flutes with C foot and B foot. It is only easily playable on a flute with a split E mechanism. This fingering is not found in "The Other Flute" by Robert Dick.

Jane Cavanagh
Flute - Muramatsu EX
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Piece of music - Liszt's Piano Concerto No 1, flute part 1

I came across a slurred, fast passage which, although was not exposed, was tricky to execute. The passage was:

Eb6 - F6 - Eb6 - F6 - Eb6 - D6 -Eb6 - F6 - G6

I searched for fingerings which did not include the tr1, tr2 and gizmo keys. The fingerings I found were useful for the passage:

Eb6: Th 1 2 3 | 1 2 3 D#
F6: Th 1 2 3 | 1 D#
G6: Th 1 2 3 | D#

Although these fingerings are simply an overblown first register, I didn't think of it at the time. Finding the fingerings here was easy.

Kathleen Gallagher
Flute - -
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Piece of music - Richard Barrett's "What Remains" for flute, bass clarinet and piano

An awkward high passage:

Sharp C7 - sharp B6 - E7 - flat D7 - flat E7 - D7 - flat Eb7 - Bb6

I found useful fingerings for most of these notes. Carl Rosman told me I'm the only flute player in history who has ever been able to play this bar.

Kathleen Gallagher
Flute - -
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - C foot   1 2     |     3 tr2 D# (split E)

Note(s) - F7

Piece of music - Chris Dench's "Closing Lemma"

I required a fingering for the final flourish of high notes landing on a sharp E7. I found this flat F7.

Andrew Robbie
Flute - N/A
Playing Level - Composer
1-Nov-2005
Piece of music - Andrew Robbie's "Damp Leaves & Conversation"

Being able to have precise tunings and multiphonic predictions for any given fingering was an incredible timesaver. The piece involves micro-tonal trills and tremolos, timbral and articulation modifications and a number of multiphonics for both flute and clarinet. I only wish similar sites were available for other wind instruments!

Antonio Arias
Flute - Arista 14k Gold
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - B foot Th 1   3   |     3 tr2 D# (split E)

Note(s) - B6

This fingering is very good for playing B6 softly.

Antonio Arias
Flute - Arista 14k Gold
Playing Level - Professional
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - B foot Th 1 2 3   |   2 3 (split E)

Note(s) - F#6

This fingering is very good for playing F#6 pp.

Ramaekers Dominique
Flute - Pearl PF-761
Playing Level - Intermediate
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - C foot Th   2 3   | 1 2   D# (split E)

Note(s) - B4

When I try this I get an E5. I can force an approximate B4 but I get so much wind noise that it isn't a useful tone.

Theory vs. practice?

Joe Wolfe
Flute - Yamaha
Playing Level - Composer
1-Nov-2005
Fingering - C foot Th   2 3   | 1 2   D# (split E)

Note(s) - B4&E5

I agree with both the previous comment and with The Virtual Flute. The B4 is dark, as promised. But it's a useful multiphonic with E5.

Catherine
Flute - Muramatsu GX
Playing Level - Advanced
23-Jan-2006
Fingering - B foot   1 2   G# | G   2   tr2 (split E)

Note(s) - F7

This fingering had a far faster and clearer response than even the standard fingering. Also it seemed to requir less lip tension It also seemed to use less air - or at least, I could play it for a longer time.

Catherine
Flute - Muramatsu GX
Playing Level - Advanced
23-Jan-2006
Fingering - B foot   1 2   G# | G   2 3 tr2 (split E)

Note(s) - F7

-Very- awkward to finger, however does play very clearly, and may be useful for it's tuning.

Fabio Cifariello Ciardi
Flute - none
Playing Level - Composer
27-Jan-2006
thank you very much! I am forwarding your page to all my students and to my colleagues as well.
I would suggest to add the key percussion and tongue-ram results as well.
Darren Cook
Flute - Emanuel
Playing Level - Professional
11-May-2006
Awesome resource! Surprised that your flute model does not include a C# trill key? This is a common addition to many flutes now. I bet the major flute manufacturers would allow you to borrow instruments to model so you could add a "brand" choice as well.

When are you going to model a piccolo? :D
Lami
Flute - Artley
Playing Level - Advanced
7-Jun-2006
Some alternate fingerings, such as for F# are NOT POSSIBLE. A person would have to have 6 to 8 fingers on the right hand to manage them. Some work needs to be done on this virtual flute for feasability and reality.
Andrew Botros (TVF Creator)
Flute - N/A
Playing Level - Beginner
7-Jun-2006
[Referring to the previous comment from Lami]

Indeed, there are many fingerings that are difficult to finger because they include too many pressed keys. However, in your searches, ensuring that the "Allow unconventional finger positions" option is *not* selected will remove these fingerings from the list. When this is done, no fingering should contain more pressed keys than fingers on a hand (except for the foot keys, which can be multiply selected reasonably easily).
Catherine
Flute - Muramatsu EX
Playing Level - Advanced
20-Jul-2006
Fingering - B foot     2     |     3 tr2 D# C# (split E)

Note(s) - F7

Noticeably flat, but very playable, and thus ideal for short staccato passages when one is often inclined to play sharp anyway.

Kelly
Flute - N/A
Playing Level - Advanced
19-Oct-2006
What are some techniques I can use to get the highest C and B on flute.
Andrew Botros (TVF Creator)
Flute - N/A
Playing Level - Beginner
19-Oct-2006
[Referring to the previous comment from Kelly]

The highest C on the flute is C7, and the highest B on the flute is B6. So, using the search facility for single note fingerings (Tool 2), select your flute type and enter these notes to find alternatives. If you order the results by 'Playability', the fingerings that are easiest to sound will be displayed near the top of your search.

The top note on the flute is F#7.
Emily
Flute - Yamaha 674
Playing Level - Advanced
23-Jan-2007
I know what a Split E Mechanism DOES, and know that my flute DOES have it, but I don't know how to USE it. All the pla