The recorder is often used as a learning or teaching instrument in
classrooms, which is one of the reasons why I find it is so misunderstood
at times. When I tell anyone that I play the recorder, I usually
get, "Oh, you mean those things that we played in elementary school?" or
"Oh, yes, my son's class plays recorders also." I've learned just
to grin and bear
Not unlike other instruments, such as trombones, there are many different types of recorders, separated primarily by their range and size. Recorders are subdivided into nine different types. As a rule, the larger they get, the deeper voiced they get. Modern day Baroque recorders are fingered in one of two ways. These different fingerings are commonly referred to as simply "C" or "F" fingered. When all the holes of the recorder are covered, if the note which sounds is a concert C, the recorder is said to be C fingered. It is likewise with F. This is so that the ranges of the different types of recorders overlap in a neat and orderly fashion for ease of ensemble playing.