New French Horn Boot Camp Page: Fingering Charts


It’s been a bit long in coming, but I’ve finally added a new post to my French Horn Boot Camp series – this time I’ve covered fingering charts.

Things I’ve covered:

The Hidden Problem with Fingering Charts

While horn fingering charts are pretty simple in general, they don’t give you all the options. This partial picture (pun definitely intended) can cause confusion since students will inevitably find these notes that are “in the cracks”. This page explains some of the most common hidden notes in fingering charts.

Finger Charts for All Types of Horns

From the standard single F and F/Bb double horn to single Bb horns, descant and triple horns, and even the dreaded mellophone – they are all there!

Single Bb/Descant Horn Valves

Part of the challenge with single Bb horns and descant horns is the number of valve configurations that these can have. Stopping valves, A valves, F extensions, with 4, 5, or 6 valves. I’ve tried my best to cover all these different configurations in a simple and logical way. While not all the fingerings may be equally good, my charts should give you a great place to start to figure out these horns!

And more…

Check out my French horn fingering chart page, and see the other French Horn Boot Camp articles.


About Colin Dorman

Colin is a freelance horn player and teacher, as well as a fan of tech of all sorts, aviation, and increasingly complex flight simulators. He also enjoys beer, bourbon and fitness - but not at the same time. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, as well as right here at ColinDorman.com!