Oboe fingering chart

Learning to play without an oboe fingering chart be challenging, especially when it comes to memorizing all the finger positions for each note.

These quick reference charts should be able to get you up and running in no time.

Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example
Oboe fingering chart example

How to read a clarinet fingering chart

A fingering chart is a diagram representing the oboe. There are circles to represent the keys that initiate its notes and elliptic shapes to depict the pinky keys, trill keys, and octave keys.

Fingering charts normally have the note written on the treble staff with the map indicated above or under it. The keys being pressed down for each note will contain a solid color.

Some notation has significant fingering choices. Select the one that makes the most sense for you based upon the model of your oboe, what a passage demands, or what your teacher suggests.

Make sure you look out for charts indicating notes that use a half hole.

What to do when your right thumb hurts

After a long period of playing (and especially when you’re new to playing), you might find that your right thumb will start to hurt eventually. No big deal; this is a pretty common issue.

To relieve this pain, try to use a thumb rest designed specifically for the oboe. I highly recommend one of these as you’ll be able to play for longer periods instead of stopping due to pain.

Top 5 oboe thumb rests

I’ve found that music store thumb rests for the oboe can be far too expensive for what they are, so here is a list of cheap options on Amazon that have the highest reviews. Check out our other articles on recommended Oboe cases and Oboe reeds.

Bestseller No. 1
Protec Clarinet/Oboe Thumb Rest Cushion
  • Comfortable design
  • Country of Origin: China
Bestseller No. 2
Jiayouy 5 Pcs Soft Silicone Clarinet Oboe Thumb Rest Cushion Protector 5 Color
  • Silicone material clarinet thumb rest cushion which is not only soft and comfortable when used, but also non-toxic, environmentally friendly.
  • Installation and disassembly are very simple. It takes only a few seconds to complete the installation and disassembly.
  • Provides extra thumb rest and helps maintain correct finger position.
  • When using the instrument for a long time, clarinet thumb protector can help eliminates fatigue and stress.
  • Comes with 5 pack thumb rests, suit for most clarinet.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Dilwe 5Pcs Thumb Rest for Oboe Clarinet, Thumb Rest Cushion Finger Pretector Finger Cover Comfort(10mm Thickness Black)
  • RUBBER MATERIAL: This Thumb rest adopt rubber material, which is high flexibility, anti-resistant and durable, you will feel comfortable when you wear it.
  • FITS FOR: Please note that it’s suitable for oboe clarinet instruments within 1.45cm metal thumb rest.
  • FUNCTION: The thumb rest helps to maintain the correct finger position, you will enjoy a long-term playing during performing.
  • PACK OF 5: Contains 5pcs oboe thumb protector thumb in a package, you can use them for a long time.
  • GUARANTEE: Our product have 180 days warranty, if you have any question about this product, please feel free to contact us, we will try our best to help you solve your problem.
Bestseller No. 4
Jiayouy Pack of 5 Soft Silicone Clarinet Oboe Thumb Rest Cushion Thumb Protector for Woodwind Instrument 5 Colors
  • Soft Silicone cushion support relieves the pressure on your thumb.
  • Cushions fit thumb rests up to 15mm wide (up to 0.59 inches).
  • It takes only a few seconds to complete the installation and disassembly.
  • Provides extra thumb rest and protects your instrument and hands.
  • Comes with 5 pack thumb rests(5 Colors), suit for most Clarinet Oboe.
Bestseller No. 5
Thumb Rest Cushion, Rubber Clarinet Thumb Rest for Oboe Clarinet Instruments within 1.45-1.75cm(3.5mm)
  • Soft Rubber Material-This thumb cushion is made of rubber material, which has high flexibility, comfortable wearing feeling, tear resistance and durability.
  • Application Scope-This product is suitable for oboe clarinet instruments in 1.45-1.75cm metal thumb rest.
  • Finger Protection-This oboe thumb rest can provide an extra thumb rest and protect your instrument and hands, reducing fatigue from long-term performance.
  • Special Shape Design-The special shape design is very suitable for your metal thumb rest.
  • An Excellent Accessory for You-This thumb cushion is a brilliant term that relaxes your thumb and brings you better performance.

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