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Alternate Fingering Chart for Recorder

Third Octave: C6 to C7 / F6 to F7

This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. 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).

 

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Note (C/F)

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

C6/F6

C3/F3t 1--|45-- Basic. 
t 123|45-- X   

C#6/F#6

C#3/F#3t 123|45-7   
t 1-3|4-67 X   
t 1-3|4-6- X In tune. 
t 123|4567   
t 1-3|4567   
t 1-3|45-7   
t ---|45--   
t 13|4567   
t 13|467   

D6/G6

D3/G3t 1-3|4-67   
t 1-3|4-6-   
t 1-3|-5-7   
t 123|-5-7   

Eb6/Ab6

Eb3/Ab3t 1-3|----   
t 1-3|--6-   
t -23|----   
t -23|-56-   
t -2-|4-6- Use in combination with E6/A6 (lift RH fingers).IW

E6/A6

E3/A3t -23|-56- X   
t 123|456- X   
t -2-|----   

F6/Bb6

F3/Bb3t 12-|456- X   
t 12-|45-- X   

F#6/B6

F#3/B3t 12-|45-- Same fingering as B5/E6, but use a faster air stream. 

G6/C7

G3/C3t 1--|4--- Requires fast air stream. 
t 123|----   
^ t 123|---- Particularly good for alto. Cover labium with right hand. 

Ab6/C#7

Ab3/Db3t 1-3|--67 X   
t 123|--67 For sopranino.RD

A6/D7

A3/D3t 1-3|-5-- Good for alto. PO

Bb6/Eb7

Bb3/Eb3t 12-|---7 Slightly flat. Use in combination with A6/D7.RD

B6/E7

B3/E3     Submit a fingering for this note.  

C7/F7

C4/F4t 12-|--- Thumb vent is critical; support embrochure by wrapping RH around mouthpiece, keeping labium clear; use a lot of air.MS
t -2-|4-6 Works well on some models, including Yamaha models. Easy slur with C6/F6.IW
C#7/F#7 C4/F4  Submit a fingering for this note or for a higher note. 

 

Special thanks to Nicholas Lander for providing many of the recorder fingerings found in this site.  Many fingerings are from his article, Fingering the Recorder, which can be found in his Recorder Home Page.

 

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