When playing, the LT thumb keys are used for the lowest D/E/F (low Eb is open - no key depressed). The remaining keys are used singly for the rest of the notes up to the F an octave higher. One presses only one key at a time: for example, going from D to C, one lifts the D key, and presses the C key. You do not hold the D key down while also pressing the C key. Thus, the fingering for a chromatic scale (F#-F) would be:
RT1(f#), RT2(g#), LH4(g#), LH4(a), LH3, LH2, LH1, RH1, RH2, RH3, RH4(e), RH4(f).
At that point, you've used all the keys except the octave keys. To reach the next octave, use "2" for notes G-C (RT1-LH1) and "1" for notes C#-F (RH1-RH4). For altissimo notes above that (if one can use the term "altissimo" with notes that barely reach middle C), use "1" for notes F#-middle C (RT2-LH1). Almost three octaves of range, in total.
At least, that's how it works on my horn. Yours may differ!
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