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C# Trill Key

The C# trill key is an extremely useful mechanism which is gaining popularity among flutists. As shown in the diagram below, the C# trill key is situated along the trill rod. By depressing the spatula near the Bb bis key (shown by the arrow), the C# trill key is opened along side the thumb keys.


C# Trill Spatula

The C# trill key brings increased versatility to many trills and tremolos, including B-C# and the third octave G-A trills. Additionally, the C# trill key can be used to provide a more stable and colorful middle C# when activated while B-natural is fingered. The following is a guide to illustrate some of the many functions of the C# trill key:

Trills

  • B-C (first and second octaves): Finger B and trill the C# key.
  • C-C# (first and second octaves): Finger C and trill the C# key.
  • High F#-G#: Finger high F# and trill the C# key.
  • High G-Ab: Finger high G and trill the C# key.
  • High G-A: Finger high G and trill the C# trill key and D trill key in unison.
  • High Ab-Bb: Finger high Ab and trill the C# trill key, the D trill key and the D# trill key in unison.

Tremolos

  • In the first octave, tremolo to C# from G, Ab, A, Bb, B or C by trilling the C# trill key.
  • In the second octave, tremolo to C# from A, Bb, B or C by trilling the C# trill key.
  • In the first octave, tremolo to D from G, Ab, A, Bb or B by trilling the C# trill key and the D trill key in unison.
  • In the first octave, tremolo to D# from G, Ab, A, Bb or B by trilling the C# trill key and the D# trill key in unison.

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