Will the real F please stand up

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    Aulos303
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    Wow. I was playing along, happily thinking I was hitting the right notes, even managed to play Amazing Grace by ear, then I was told that the F I was playing isn’t an F at all. I was playing 01234 when I should have been playing 0123467. That makes the song a whole lot more tricky. And I feel silly now, especially as I have a finger chart sat next to me…
    Oh dear…
    But what note IS 01234? It’s like a microtone between E and F.

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    Dick Mattson
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    Hi Larry–
    To try to simplify things (even though this may seem extremely complicated), there are at least four types of recorder in modern-day use. I suspect that you have the type that may be called Baroque which has F fingered T123467. Another similar-looking type with simplified fingering is called German which has F fingered T1234. Then there is a type (which looks different from yours) called Ganassi which has F fingered T12346. Finally there are Renaissance recorders (which also look different from yours) which may have a variety of fingerings for F.

    An excellent resource resource for recorder fingerings can be found at http://www.recorder-fingerings.com/en/index.php

    An excellent resource on all things recorder may be found at http://www.recorderhomepage.net

    To answer your question, on a Baroque fingering recorder, T1234 will produce a note that is a microtone between F and F#–in other words, an out of tune F that is on the high side.
    –Dick–

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    Aulos303
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    Thanks Dick. Mine is a plastic soprano, my username. A baroque instrument.

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