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Trill Fingering Chart for Recorder

First Octave: C4 to B4 / F4 to E5

This fingering chart includes trill fingerings, which are fingerings designed for rapid alternation between two notes at an interval of a minor second (semitone) or a major second (whole tone) apart. Many of these fingerings can also be used as alternate fingerings for some fast passages. Holes to be trilled are indicated in red. When more than one hole is to be trilled, the holes should be simultaneously covered and simultaneously uncovered, unless the description says to alternate covering and uncovering the keys. The fingerings apply to all sizes (sopranino, soprano, treble/alto, tenor, bass, and great bass) of both English and German recorders unless specified otherwise. 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).

 

Trill (C/F)

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

C4-Db4/
F4-Gb4

C1-Db1/F1-Gb1 T 123|45677 Impractical.  

C4-D4/
F4-G4

C1-D1/F1-G1 T 123|4567    

C#4-D4/
F#4-G4

C#1-D1/F#1-G1 T 123|4567    

C#4-D#4/
F#4-G#4

C#1-D#1/F#1-G#1 T 123|45667 Impractical.  

D4-Eb4/
G4-Ab4

D1-Eb1/G1-Ab1 T 123|4567   EM

D4-E4/
G4-A4

D1-E1/G1-A1 T 123|456-    

D#4-E4/
G#4-A4

D#1-E1/G#1-A1 T 123|456-    

Eb4-F4/
Ab4-Bb4

Eb1-F1/Ab1-Bb1 T 123|4567 For English models.  
T 123|45 For German models.  

E4-F4/
A4-Bb4

E1-F1/A1-Bb1 T 123|45--    

E4-F#4/
A4-B4

E1-F#1/A1-B1 T 123|45--    

F4-Gb4/
Bb4-Cb4

F1-Gb1/Bb1-Cb1 T 123|456- Alternate closing RH 4 and RH 5.  

F4-G4/
Bb4-C5

F1-G1/Bb1-C1 T 123|4-67   EM
T 123|4-6- For English models.  
T 123|4--- For German models.  

F#4-G4/
B4-C5

F#1-G1/B1-C1 T 123|-56- For English models.  
T 123|-567 For German models.  

F#4-G#4/
B4-C#5

F#1-G#1/B1-C#1 T 123|-56-    

G4-Ab4/
C5-Db5

G1-Ab1/C1-Db1 T 12-|4567    
T 12-|4567    

G4-A4/
C5-D5

G1-A1/C1-D1 T 123|----    

G#4-A4/
C#5-D5

G#1-A1/C#1-D1 T 12-|45--    
T 12-|456-    

Ab4-Bb4/
Db5-Eb5

Ab1-Bb1/Db1-Eb1 T 123|45-- Alternate closing LH 2 and LH 3.  

A4-Bb4/
D5-Eb5

A1-Bb1/D1-Eb1 T 1-3|456- For English models.  
T 1-3|456- For English models. Faster trill.  WB

A4-B4/
D5-E5

A1-B1/D1-E1 T 12-|----    

A#4-B4/
D#5-E5

A#1-B1/D#1-E1 T -23|4---    
T 1-3|-56-   WB
T 1-3|4---   WB

Bb4-C5/
Eb5-F5

Bb1-C2/Eb1-F2 T 1-3|4-6- Useful in combinations with A4/D5.  
T 1-3|4---   WB
T 1-3|-56-   WB

B4-C5/
E5-F5

B1-C2/E1-F2 T -23|----    

B4-C#5/
E5-F#5

B1-C#2/E1-F#2 T 1--|----    
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Special thanks to Nicholas Lander (NL) for providing many of the recorder fingerings found in this site.  Many on this page are from his article, Fingering the Recorder, which can be found in his Recorder Home Page.

 

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