Recorder Fingering Chart

Ever needed a recorder fingering chart because you lost the one that came with your recorder?

My six-year-old daughter has been asking to learn to play the recorder this week, so we pulled out my husband's old recorder, dusted it off, and let her practice on it. But when I checked online to find a good fingering chart to print off for her, I only found ones that were either interactive (i.e. not printable), too simple (only the natural notes), too complicated (multiple fingerings for each note), or too many pages.

So, as I've often done before, I decided to make my own.

Some Caveats About the Chart

The chart I designed does not include every fingering possible for each pitch; nor does it include all the notes that can be played on a standard recorder (it covers only the octave and a half from middle C up), but it's all my daughter will need for now.

Additionally, the fingerings I chose may not necessarily be "official" since I used the fingerings that would work best for her little fingers and still produce a good pitch. But if you know me, I like to buck the system a bit, so if the fingering works, why not use it. Right?

Download

You're welcome to downoad the free PDF Recorder Fingering Chart here for your personal use. You can also click on the image below to view the JPG full size and print from that, but you'll get a better-quality print with the PDF.

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Comments

  1. Victoria says

    Thanks for the chart. I was just having the same problem. I couldn't find an easy to understand printable chart. This is perfect.

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  2. Allison says

    Hi. This is fantastic. I was having the same problem. I have to teach a class of varying adult ages students the recorder. I need to keep it simple, as they are all at different levels. This is exactly what I need. Thank you so much.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Teaching First Aid to Kids =-.

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  3. Gabriel says

    Thanks. Playing the woodwinds for more than 30+ years, I was kind of lazy to learn new fingerings for another instrument. Glad I finally learned. Now I can play the recorder parts to 'Stairway To Heaven." I mean, come on' doesn't anyone who plays recorder yearn to play the parts to that great song? Well, I have, for the past 20 years.

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  4. jessica says

    I found your chart very helpful. I needed a printable chart as well and could not found one until I found this site!

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  5. Jeanne Landin says

    I just found my recorder from 40 years ago to play at a 'pick up' Christmas concert orchestra this week. Your fingering chart saved the day for me….couldn't quite remember all of the fingering and the chart is perfect. Thank you!!!

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    Joy Reply:

    @Jeanne Landin, So glad it came in handy for you!

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  6. Leslie says

    Thank you so much for the easy-to-read fingering chart! Just what I needed, and could not find anywhere else.

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    Beverley Exton Reply:

    Yes…thankyou…I also searched high & low & found lots of interactive ones, but wanted a printable one for easy access to my daughter if she needed a hint to where to put her fingers. The recorder came with one but dont know where it is!!! Thanks again

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  7. Sterling says

    With everyone else, Mom, the kids and I say, Thanks! Even after a year, yours is STILL the only printable fingering chart available on all the billions of pages out there… thanks for taking the time to do this! And I especially like the right hand/left hand color scheme touch too! Ad rem! (ha!)

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  8. River says

    Thank you so much for this! I was having the same problem finding a printable chart for a boy at the family homeless shelter I work at. He was very bravely throwing himself into the instrument but I don't know if our ears could have handled it much longer! He was very excited when I gave him the chart along with a few simple songs to start out on. I can hardly wait to see where he takes it. Thank you again for the effort you put into this and for sharing it with the world :)

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  9. Elaine says

    Thanks! I just started teaching Art/Music and the 5th grade includes teaching recorders, which I pretty much haven't done since grade school! The chart I have for them is pretty basic, so this will be great if they get it quickly.

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  10. Pinky Becca says

    Super my 6yr old is learning recorders at school & since i have not played since i was about 10 i thought i best brush up on my know how lol we will both has sooooo much fun learning to play recorders together xxx Many thanks for your upload, Pinky xx

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  11. Rob says

    I've scanned the comments for this but no one has noticed that you have inadvertently flipped the fingerings for low F and high F … we DO use the pinky for low F, but not with high F. It's such a beautiful chart – I thought you'd like to correct it.

    many thanks Joy – Rob in Thunder Bay ON

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    Joy Reply:

    @Rob, Thanks for pointing that out! I've corrected the chart and reposted it in place of the old one.

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  12. says

    I love your recorder fingering chart. I'm teaching a song to my Grade 8 band class that has recorder and I'm printing it off for them.

    How did you make the fingering? I often want to show fingerings for various instruments and I'm stuck doing them by hand even though we have Sibelius software.

    Dave

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    Joy Reply:

    @David McPherson, I used Adobe Illustrator to design the chart. I had to lay out the staff and notes by hand which wasn't terribly fun, but it got the job done.

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  13. Jasmine says

    This is so great! You saved me just in time for the concert is next week! Now i can practice!:)))))))))))))))))

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  14. Steve_Bz says

    Great chart, but how old is your husband's 'old' recorder? Fingering patterns appear to be changing. I recognise your pattern from my own school days, but the Yamaha I recently bought (in Brazil) has a different pattern. I assume Yamaha does not produce variations of recorder for different countries, but, for instance, F is all the left-hand, but only the first finger of the right-hand. this seems strange, but maybe is a modern simplification. What do you think?

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  15. Steve_Bz says

    OK, just discovered mine has GERMAN fingering. OK that explains that. Might be useful info for other ex-pats looking for finger charts.

    Sorry about the confusion.

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  16. Marie says

    I feel I've found GOLD and cant thank you enough. I couldn't find a site that came anywhere near what I needed. Wont let you go now and best of luck with all you do. Marie

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  17. Caroline says

    Wonderful! I am 28 and have always messed around with a recorder and never knew what a complex musical instrument it can be. I played Clarinet for five years and this chart is such a help in transitioning to playing colonial music. Thank you for your time with this!

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  18. Hannah says

    Thank you so much for this fantastic resource. I've been teaching elementary general music for several years, and your chart is the clearest and most visually appealing of those I've encountered. My students will really appreciate it!

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  19. Sabra says

    Wow, this is fantastic! I am using this for a homeschool co-op class I just was asked to instruct. I am isolating each fingering chart and inserting them into the songs above the typed words so the kids can visually learn the song even before reading the notes on the staff. At the end of the class, I will give them the entire chart to keep. They are really excited and can play three songs after only two weeks. Thank you so much for posting this!

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    Sabra Reply:

    @Sabra, Point of clarification: I meant I am isolating each individual fingering graphic, sizing it to fit my document and inserting them above the corresponding words to the songs I am teaching.

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    Sabra Reply:

    @Sabra, Shoot, I just noticed the copyright. Would you please grant me permission to do this?

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    Joy Reply:

    @Sabra, Sure, you are welcome to use it for your homeschool co-op class. :)

    Sabra Reply:

    @Sabra, Thank you! I wasn't sure if you'd mind me dissecting and using it in my handouts. I must say, everyone is impressed with how pretty your fingering graphics look, I am too. It's so exciting that even the littlest ones can understand what to do when they look at it. I think the color scheme helps to differentiate better than black and white (at least it seems easier on my eyes.)

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