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Recorder Fingering Chart

Recorder Fingering Chart - Royal Recorders

A Recorder Fingering Chart is a great reference tool to keep close by while you are learning to play recorder. When learning the Royal Recorders Song Challenges you can use the fingering chart to check the fingerings for each note in the song.

There are two kinds of recorders that are commonly used. The Royal Recorders Fingering Chart provided is for English/Baroque recorders. The other type of recorder is German style. Read information below about how to tell which type of recorder you have. Links are provided if you need a German recorder fingering chart.

Baroque/English Recorders

On English/Baroque recorders, the fourth hole will be smaller than the two holes on either side of it.

On German recorders, the fourth hole will be larger and the fifth hole will be smaller.

Ask your teacher if you are not sure which type of recorder you have.

Look at the pictures provided for each type of recorder to help you.

The fingering charts provided by Royal Recorders are for recorders that use English/Baroque fingering.

Search online for German fingering charts.

Printable fingering charts for the entire range of notes for Descant to Sub-contra-bass recorders are provided by Dolmetsch (online) with permission granted to make copies:

Baroque/English Recorder Fingering Chart - https://www.dolmetsch.com/efingeringchart.pdf

German Recorder Fingering Chart - https://www.dolmetsch.com/gfingeringchart.pdf

English Baroque Recorder - Royal Recorders
German Recorder

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Donna Rhodenizer and Royal Recorders student (2)

Composer, Elementary Music Specialist

Donna Rhodenizer

Donna’s first recorder book was “The Elementary Classroom Method for Recorder” by Carle Hodson. She loved that pink recorder book and all the musical treasures it offered. Fingering charts helped as she added new notes and learned more songs. It also helped to have a fingering chart when she was learning songs by ear and needed to figure out new notes.