I bought my first Alto Recorder and i'm really confused. The lowest it can go is a F right? What if I want to play a C D or E in the same octave? This website http://recorder-fingerings.com/en/F.php?t=mHoh.1ML.aBar.2A tells me how to do it in the first octave but those notes are clearly higher while they should be lower.

For example I used to play this melody in my Soprano Recorder: B,G,E,F#. How should I play the E here?

Sorry if the answer is straight forward and thanks for any help.


The alto recorder in F is a fifth lower than the soprano in C. As you say, the lowest note is F. If you have a melody to play that goes lower than F, you can't play it in the same octave as your low F- you have to play it an octave higher.

That would mean, for your example, that your first note B is not the lowest B of the alto, but in the second octave, fingered 1/2 thumb, 1 2 3 5 fingers. Because the alto is not an octave lower than the soprano (the tenor is) you cannot always play soprano melodies an octave lower.

Or, if there's no particular reason to play your soprano melody in the same key, you can simply pretend the alto is a soprano, finger your melody accordingly, and it will come out sounding the same, but a fifth lower.

  • Thank you very much Scott, I will play one octave Higher. – Rui Fernandes Jun 27 '17 at 21:02
  • Since i might be playing this with my band(its not my main instrument) Having a piece written to the Transversal Flute what would sound better? Playing an octave higher or transposing? – Rui Fernandes Jun 27 '17 at 21:03
  • @RuiFernandes- hard to say. It would be easier for your band if you play an octave higher, because then they don't have to transpose down a fifth (if I understand you correctly). – Scott Wallace Jun 28 '17 at 10:18

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