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How do I know whether to use English or German fingerings for my recorder?
Not by the two double holes, as many people still believe.
It is standard today for both types of recorders, those with English fingerings
and those with German fingerings, to have double holes.
They are needed to play a good C#
and D# (on a Soprano). In the past very cheap recorders had no double
holes at these positions and in Germany these cheap recorders very often
had the German fingering. At that time the recorders for advanced players
had both double holes and English fingering.
To identify which fingering you have, examine holes 4 and 5 at the front of
the recorder. The holes are counted from the top down. Holes 4 and 5 are
covered by the right hand's index and middle finger.
If hole 4 is bigger than hole 5
→ German fingering
If hole 5 is bigger than hole 4
→ English fingering