Question: How do you know which hole to cover the recorder when reading a fingering chart?

When reading a fingering chart, you will find the holes are either white, black or a combination of black and white. If the hole is black, your finger should press down and cover that hole. Any hole that is white, should be left uncovered. Occasionally, you may see a hole that is one-half black and one-half white.

Which hole is which on a recorder?

A recorder can be distinguished from other duct flutes by the presence of a thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: three for the upper hand and four for the lower. It is the most prominent duct flute in the western classical tradition.

Which finger covers the bottom hole of the recorder?

Right hand completely covers all the lower holes EXCEPT the hole under your middle finger. F# (also called Gb) = Left hand covers the top 3 holes in the front and the thumb hole in the back.

How many holes should a recorder have?

10 holes The recorder is a more well-known fipple flute than the tin whistle and has 10 holes. 2 pairs of the holes are very close to one another and are often covered at the same time.

How old is the recorder?

The recorder likely dates back to the Middle Ages (5th-15th centuries), based on instruments appearing in artwork of the period. One of the oldest recorders still in existence was discovered in Göttigen, Germany and likely dates from between 1246 and 1322.

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