Looking for a fingering chart for a fife

(9 Posts)
SixImpossible Thu 14-Aug-14 13:52:15

I have a fife, I'm pretty sure it's a C, but I cannot remember much of the fingering. I know it's similar to a descant recorder, but the holes are different, and my ear is not good enough to work it out for myself.

There is the thumb hole on the back, then the holes alternate single and double.

Can anyone point me to a fingering chart, preferably a graphic one?

Ferguson Thu 14-Aug-14 17:43:47

Don't mean to be rude, but I never understand why people ask MN, when there are many dedicated sites for almost every topic:

www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/its-easy-to-make-music/make-music-0145.htm

www.luton-lambeg.org/music/music_portal.htm

www.wikihow.com/Play-the-Fife

Hope these might help.

SixImpossible Thu 14-Aug-14 19:01:33

Thanks.

I looked online first off, but perhaps I wasn't using the correct terminology, because I did not come across any of those sites. I found several that have me fingerings in another pitch and told me to transpose. confused

On MN people understand layman's language.

SixImpossible Thu 14-Aug-14 19:44:37

I've looked at the websites, and they all refer to six-hole fifes.

Mine has one hole underneath, for the left-hand thumb, and seven holes on top: single, double, single, double, single, double, single.

I haven't played it in nearly 20y. All I remember is that the left hand fingering is the same as for the recorder.

SixImpossible Thu 14-Aug-14 19:45:27

Maybe it's not a fife?

SixImpossible Thu 14-Aug-14 21:00:34

It's this.

Ferguson Fri 15-Aug-14 14:31:07

Could it be what they call a 'penny whistle' ? (though it would cost a lot more than a penny these days.)

www.clarketinwhistle.com/

www.wikihow.com/Play-the-Tin-Whistle

OR do you blow ACROSS it like a flute?

Sorry can't help more.

SixImpossible Fri 15-Aug-14 17:18:19

Definitely not a penny whistle (I've got a couple of those as well!). Yes, you play it by blowing across, like a flute.

lavendersun Mon 25-Aug-14 12:58:21

Have a look at fingering charts for a Baroque Flute. My sister used to play one, that had seven holes, it didn't have double holes though and had a key on the bottom hole.

Do you remember what key it is in?

www.oldflutes.com/charts/onekey/

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