Baby Shark On Recorder Notes, Sheet Music, and Tutorial

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Are you looking for a fun and easy song to play on the recorder?

Do you want to impress kids, friends, and family with your pop culture knowledge?

Though it may be a couple of years from its popularity, Baby Shark is still a fun and popular song. 

With roots in Camp Songs, this music has been around for decades before it reached mainstream cult status with the Pink Fong video. 

I’m always looking for new things (and popular music) to play on the recorder, which is why I decided to tackle this song on my pseudo-flute. 

I was surprised to learn how easy it is! 

In this article, I’ll leverage my decade+ of experience teaching recorder to all ages of people to help you. 

How To Play Baby Shark On Recordey Baby Shark On Recorder

To play Baby Shark on the recorder, you’ll need to know the notes C, B, A, and G. It’s not hard to play and repetitive. The hardest part of the song is the rhythm, but if you simply feel the rhythm as the popular song goes, you’ll be fine. 

Baby Shark Recorder Note Recorder Notes

The notes for this song aren’t hard at all, depending on the key you play in. 

The two most common keys are C and G. 

Recorder Notes In C

I prefer to teach it in C. When in the key of C, it uses the following notes: 

Here is a brief description of how to play these notes. 

High C – Thumb on the back, middle finger on the second hole. 

B – Thumb on the back, first finger on the first hole.

A – Thumb on the back, first finger on the first hole, second finger on the second hole. 

G – Thumb on the back, first finger on the first hole, second finger on the second hole, and third finger on the third hole. 

Recorder Notes In G

In the key of G, the notes are:

Here is a brief description of how to play these notes.

G – Thumb on the back, first finger on the first hole, second finger on the second hole, and third finger on the third hole. 

F# – Same as G, but add the right-hand middle and ring fingers on the fifth and sixth holes. (Check the link above for more details.)

Low E – Same as G, but add the right-hand first and middle fingers on the fourth and fifth holes. 

Low D – Same as low E, but add the right-hand ring finger on the sixth hole. 

This chart may also help. 

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Baby Shark Recorder Sheet Musi Recorder Sheet Music

This is the notation, or sheet music, for the song Baby Shark. 

Each verse is the same, so you won’t see me rewriting all the words (Daddy Shark, Shark Attack, etc.). 

You may notice I simplify the rhythms to eighth notes rather than leave it at its natural, complicated rhythm. 

This is just to help with beginner reading. I advise playing it as it sounds to you! 

The few notes and well-known tune make this an easy song on recorder. 

In this sheet music, I put it in the key of C, my favorite key for this song with beginner recorder players. 

If you want to see the notes in the key of G, check it out in my list of easy songs on recorder. 

Step By Step: How To Play Baby Shark On Recorder

In this section, I’ll go over my steps for how to play it. 

As always, I recommend you keep it slow and go faster the better you get. 

Make sure you chunk out the trick parts. 

If you like to learn via video, check out my video lesson on YouTube below. 

#1 Get The Upward Motion

First, you need to master the upward move. 

For some, this is the trickiest part of the whole song. 

Play only G-A-C. 

Focus on getting this motion down pat. 

The hardest part is the A-C, so if this is you, practice just those two notes. 

Speed it up gradually until you can play fairly quickly. 

#2 Add The Cs

Now, you need to add the Cs. This is where the words go “doo doo doo…”

If you want to read it based on the sheet music, that’s fine, but you may also want to just go with as the words do in the song. 

Make sure you stop before the next “baby shark” part. 

#3 Repeat Two More Times (Thinking Of The Words)

If you think of the actual rhythms, you may forget to jump back down for the G-A-C where it happens again. 

I advise you think of the song lyrics. 

Whenever you say “Baby shark,” jump back down to G-A-C. 

This happens a total of three times. 

Note: This doesn’t happen the last time you play/sing “Baby Shark.”

#4 Add The Final Switch

The last time you do the words, Baby Shark, you stay on C. 

The last “shark” slows down and switches to B. 

It’s not hard, but many get lost in the song and forget it changes the last time.

#5 Put It Together

After all this, it’s just a matter of practice until you get it smoothly. 

Now go play it for everyone and anno–I mean, impress them with your skills. 

If you like video lessons better, check out mine here (by the way, you should also subscribe!): 

Final Thoughts

If you wanted to learn Baby Shark on recorder, you now have a place to begin. 

This is one of my favorite recorder songs, and I hope you enjoy learning it too. 

Zach VanderGraaff

Zach VanderGraaff is a K-5 music teacher with Bay City Public Schools in Michigan. He's a Past-President of the Michigan Kodaly Educators and Executive Secretary of the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators Association.

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