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What does diatonic or chromatic mean in these fingering charts?
Diatonic (greek: sequence by whole notes) is a tonal system where the scale
is built using two different steps, by half tones and whole tones. In case of
a major scale there are the steps whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half.
The term "diatonic" in my fingering charts means that you will find
only the notes for the major scale. In case of a Soprano or Tenor the C-scale
major notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C etc.
Chromatic (greek: color) points to fingering charts with all the notes of the
chromatic scale. That is, all the half and whole tones, 12 tones within an
octave. For the Soprano/Tenor, for example, the tones C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#
All the notes of the diatonic scale are in the chromatic scale, and so are all the
fingerings. I have nevertheless seperated the fingerings for a diatonic
scale for beginners, so that they are not confused by the many fingerings.