I have a C flute, which I recently dug out and am relearning.

I've noticed that the first trill key for C-D doesn't work as well for high C-D. There is a change in pitch and quality, much more noticeable than the change for the normal octave C-D trill.

Is there an alternate, easier (than alternating the normal C-D fingerings) way to do a high C-D trill?

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    My brief experience with the Clarinet is that you should be able to "bend" the note a little closer; and if it's quick enough, no one should notice. May 13 '12 at 21:23

The 2nd trill key is used for the higher C-D trill. Better sound quality.


@F'x showed me this resource, it displays the trill as follows:

The red key is what you alternate.

  • Your diagram shows the wrong key. The resource you link to gives the fingering shown here as an alternative, but the D is very flat.
    – PiedPiper
    Mar 22 '20 at 20:44

For me I always find it easier to decide which trill key to use for every piece I play... So honestly you could go either way. (although the second trill key is tuned to and E natural.)

  • this is a 5 year old question and your answer is "I usually just decide". With due respect, I don't think you're adding anything here.
    – Some_Guy
    Nov 7 '17 at 9:18

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