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The fingering charts are pictorial
examples of a recorder. Just like your recorder,
the chart has seven holes in a row that represent the seven
holes on the front of your recorder. The single hole to
the left represents the hole on the back of the recorder.
The 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. These are
called "Half-Hole" notes. Just as the picture and
name suggest, you should move your left thumb so that it covers
only the bottom half of the hole. You may find it easier
to bend your left thumb so that the tip of your thumbnail is
pressing into the middle of the hole.