I’m not sure what heading to post this as there is no heading for oboe and English Horn fingerings.
I wanted to share some great fingerings I learned while preparing the oboe and English horn parts for the orchestral version of Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.” Both suggestions are in movement III – “Laideronnette…”
First oboe: Rehearsal #4 – To play this very awkward passage – keep the left pinkie down on BOTH keys of Eb and Ab for the ENTIRE passage. (First 3 notes are C# D# C#).
English horn: Rehearsal #5 – To play this very awkward passage – follow the directions as above.
It is *AMAZING* at how much easier this is!
English horn: Rhearsal #7 – Gb – Db followed by Fork F Db Eb, etc. – Play the Gb half note, but change the regular (long) Db fingering to ONLY using the right hand index finger for the Db for the entire passage.
English horn: when sluring up to high D anytime through these passages, lift the left index finger.
Credits go to Lou Rosenblatt, Merrill Greenberg, and Jeff O’Donnell – – – Merci Beaucoup!
Thanks Marsha. An EH fingering thread would be very helpful indeed.
I wonder how many EH players when playing high D use the C# key instead of the C key. After I learned that trick many years ago from Steve Lickman, the Nutcracker & William Tell Overture passages were much better in tune.
There are very good “long” fingerings for high C# and D.
For the C#:
LH) 1/2 2 3 RH) 1 3 C#
LH) 1/2 2 3 RH) 2 3 C#
To express this another way, the high C# is fingered the same as third space C# but lift the middle finger of the left hand. The high D is also the same as third space C#, but the first finger of the right hand is lifted. These fingerings are great for octaves! The sound with these fingerings is very full and the pitch is quite stable.