Fingering diagram builder

I wish I had discovered this great tool a couple of months ago,when I built the fingering charts for the normal and altissimo register.

The Fingering Diagram Builder,courtesy of Bret Pimentel,is an online tool that allows you to create a fingering chart for a variety of woodwinds,including saxophone,clarinet,flute,oboe,and recorder,plus the AKAI EWI 4000s and Yamaha WX5. You can select the key size and colors,and you can save the image to your computer or your Dropbox account.

The most serious limitation to date is the fingering diagram builder doesn’t support any version of Internet Explorer,even though it should work fine on most other browsers. For sure,it works great on FireFox.

You can learn more about the fingering diagram builder in these blog posts.

6 comments to Fingering diagram builder

  • Thanks for the plug! Stay tuned for some new features and improvements on the way.

    • Francesco

      Thank you for this great tool,Bret! I am eager to see wich improvements you have for us.

      P.S:If I can suggest one,it would be great if the diagram builder could work as a service for other websites,so that one can send you an HTTP request on the query string and you return the corresponding image. It should be difficult to implement,even though you should account for the extra traffic it would generate.

      • Do you mean that you would create a fingering diagram using the web app,and then generate a link to where it is publicly hosted? If so,I’ve got this feature already in development for Dropbox users.

        Or do you mean you would send some kind of text string,and an image would be automatically generated and returned? If so,there are a few layers of infrastructure that I would need to put into place,but it’s something I could consider for the future.

        • Francesco

          I was thinking more of the latter,where the Fingering Diagram Builder would work like a “web service”,but also the former approach would make a great tool and wouldn’t suffer from bandwidth restrictions (if you have any for your site).

          Two other,potential improvements:
          (1) the diagram builder lacks the special high G key that you can find on newer soprano saxes (as well as the low A key that you can find on some baritones). The high G key might be useful not only (obviously) for the G note,but also for altissimo fingerings. I assume that the low A key would be less compelling,but maybe it’s only that I don’t play baritone. If you decide to add them,they should be an option,not to distract users of saxophones without these keys.

          (2) You might consider adding a special symbol for “half-pressed”key (or half-covered hole,in case of recorders and flutes),which might be useful for some quarter-tone fingerings (or C# and D# fingerings on recorders). I am not familiar with quarter-tone fingerings,but I remember I saw some diagrams on books that used half-pressed keys.

          • (1) –This functionality is already there if you know where to look:open the “Keywork”menu and the “keys”submenu,and choose the keys you want. A future version will hopefully make this a little easier to find.

            (2) –This is already in the works for a future version.

            Thanks for your input!

          • Francesco

            You’re right (of course!). I hadn’t realized that “Keys”was a hidden section,I considered the visible options already very complete 🙂

            thanks for the explanation!

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