First Fingerings on the Recorder


Happy Top 10 Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all have had a very musical week.  Today, we will be taking a huge giant leap with the recorder as we begin to learn that our finger placement makes notes.  This activity is intended for Elementary school students….Grades 2- 5.  In order to complete the activity, you will need a recorder.  Here is a picture of one:


I have seen recorders at the Dollar Store, but don’t be fooled.  You get what you pay for.  Recorders are not too costly, and your child will need one that is sturdy enough to survive being shuffled around in a backpack.  You can find decent ones at the drug store sometimes or, for convenience, click HERE for a link to a recorder on

The Activity

I found a really great website this week called  The founder, Kay Greenhaw, is a music educator out of Austin Texas, and she has some great recorder activities on her site.  To begin today, however, we are going to learn how to play three different notes on the recorder: the B, the A and the G ….or BAG.

Here is how the fingers are positioned on the recorder for the B note.


Here is how they are positioned for the A note.


Finally, here is how the are positioned for the G note.


Practice the finger positioning and playing each of these notes.

Now…for Kay Greenhaw’s fun and very simple songs.  Practice each one.

For the B Note (Click to enlarge)…


For the A Note (Click to enlarge)…


For the G Note (Click to enlarge)…


Once you get a hang of each of these songs, it’s time to get trickier.  Kay Greenhaw has the “BAG” song that utilizes all three notes.  Learning to switch your fingers from note to note, is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp, but remember…practice makes perfect.  This will get easier the more you work on it. (Click to enlarge)


I hope you have enjoyed today’s musical lesson.  Empowering your child with an instrument will do a world of good for their confidence.  Best of luck with your practicing.  To view all of the Top 10 musical instruments under $40 that will help promote music education in the home, click HERE.  Until next week, play on!


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  1. Pingback: First Songs to Learn on the Recorder « Tucson Songstress

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