How to Play "Naruto" on the Recorder

By Wanda Thibodeaux ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Alto recorder
  • Fingering chart (if not already familiar with recorder fingerings)

Soundtracks to a favorite series are often the music of choice. One of the more popular anime series with a full soundtrack is "Naruto," a series about a rookie ninja (Naruto) who has a nine-tailed demon fox inside of him that allows him to perform incredible feats even as it tries to be dominant. The main theme for this series features an alto recorder solo, which is easily played.

Preparation

Hold the recorder at about a 45-degree angle, with the left hand on top and the left hand on the bottom and blow gently through the mouthpiece to make a sound on the instrument.

Familiarize yourself with the fingerings for the following notes if you do not know them:

high D, high E, high F C, A, G, F, D, E, low C

If you don't already know how "Naruto" goes, listen to the main theme using the audio file provided in Resources to learn the tune and rhythm.

Play the "Naruto" Melody

Play the first line of the first melody using the following rhythm and notes:

high D, high E, high D, C, A, C, high D, G, F, G, F, D, E, low C

Play the second line of the first melody using the following notes:

high, D, high E, high D, C, A, C, high D, G, F, G, F, D

Play the first line of the second melody using the following notes:

D, A, G, F, D, A, G, A, high D, high F, high E, high D, C, high D, A, G, A, G, E

Play the second line of the second melody using the following notes:

D, A, G, F, D, A, G, A, high D, high F, high E, high D, C, high D, A, C, high D

Play the first line of the first melody reprise using the following notes:

high D, high E, high D, C, A, C, high D, G, (F G F), D, E, low C

Play the second line of the first melody reprise using the following notes:

high D, high E, high D, C, A, C, high D, G, F, G, F, D

Tip

This piece is built around the fundamental pitches of D, G, A, and C (i, IV, v, and VII). If you familiarize yourself with those notes first, filling in the rest of the notes will be easier to do. Also, look at how many times notes or phrases repeat. Much of the song is the same, so once you learn one phrase, you learn multiple parts of the song.

About the Author

Wanda Thibodeaux is a freelance writer and editor based in Eagan, Minn. She has been published in both print and Web publications and has written on everything from fly fishing to parenting. She currently works through her business website, Takingdictation.com, which functions globally and welcomes new clients.