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Recorder Fingering Charts

Below is a list of all available fingering charts for both English and German recorders. The fingerings apply to all sizes (sopranino, soprano, treble/alto, tenor, bass, and great bass) of recorders. Note that the fingerings apply to the lower set of notes for C instruments (soprano, tenor, and great bass) and to the upper set of notes for F instruments (sopranino, treble/alto, and bass). Each fingering chart is split up by acoustic octaves, whose ranges are notated and clickable. Trills are arranged in order by the lower, principal note.

 

Fingering Scheme

Description of keys and fingering notation

Basic Fingering Chart for Recorder

Registers  

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Sopranino
Treble/Alto
Bass

F4 to E5

F5 to E6

F6 to G6

    

Soprano
Tenor
Great Bass

C4 to B4

C5 to B5

C6 to D6

Alternate Fingering Chart for Recorder

Registers  

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Sopranino
Treble/Alto
Bass

F4 to E5

F5 to E6

F6 to F7

    

Soprano
Tenor
Great Bass

C4 to B4

C5 to B5

C6 to C7

Trill Fingering Chart for Recorder

Registers  

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Sopranino
Treble/Alto
Bass

F4 to E5

F5 to E6

F6 to A6

    

Soprano
Tenor
Great Bass

C4 to B4

C5 to B5

C6 to E6

Flattement (Microtone Trill) Fingering Chart for Recorder

Registers 

First Octave

Second Octave

Third Octave

Sopranino
Treble/Alto
Bass

F4 to E5

F5 to E6

F6 to G6

    

Soprano
Tenor
Great Bass

C4 to B4

C5 to B5

C6 to D6

 

Other Recorder Fingering Charts

Fingering the Recorder (Nicholas Lander) · An excellent discussion of basic, alternate, and trill fingerings for recorder

Recorder Digits (Richard Hureau) · A complete fingering chart of trills, turns, and turned trills for recorder. Includes software to display the same information.

Vibrato and Tremolo on the Recorder (Nicholas Lander) · A discussion of using finger vibrato on recorders

 

 

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