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Triple Play is an affordable adapted recorder for everybody.

The Triple Play is an adaptation designed for soprano recorder which makes the instrument more accessible to people with limb differences. It adds keys to the bottom three holes of the instrument, making the full range of the recorder playable with just six fingers.

The cluster of three keys augments a Yamaha YRS-24B plastic recorder. Triple Play allows the user to press multiple keys with one finger, and to change easily between keys.

About 1,500 children in the United States are born each year with a limb difference.

Many more lose limbs to accidents and disease. Most of these children will have to play recorder as part of their elementary music programs, and some may have an interest in recorder of their own accord.

A collection of traditional recorders.

For children with limb differences, playing the recorder can be challenging, if not impossible. These children can feel frustrated and left out, as they are unable to play with their peers.

Triple Play is our solution.

The Triple Play is an adaptation designed for soprano recorder which makes the instrument more accessible to people with limb differences. It adds keys to the bottom three holes of the instrument, making the full range of the recorder playable with just six fingers.

The Triple Play is the newest affordable adaptation for soprano recorder.The Triple Play is the newest affordable adaptation for soprano recorder.

The cluster of three keys augments a Yamaha YRS-24B plastic recorder. Triple Play allows the user to press multiple keys with one finger, and to change easily between keys.

Doesn't this already exist?

While there are other adaptive recorder solutions already on the market, they are expensive, difficult to use, or low quality. All of these factors make them challenging in a classroom setting.

Triple Play is intuitive, affordable, and durable.

How Does the Triple Play Work?

The 3 keys match the 3 bottom holes of the recorder. Our layout lets you control all three keys with a single finger or limb.The 3 keys match the 3 bottom holes of the recorder. Our layout lets you control all three keys with a single finger or limb.

Key 6 also sits under key 7. This makes it much easier to cover both holes together.Key 6 also sits under key 7. This makes it much easier to cover both holes together.

The rounded keys make it simple to roll from one button to another. This makes smooth note transitions much easier!The rounded keys make it simple to roll from one button to another. This makes smooth note transitions much easier!

Who can play Triple Play?

The Triple Play will allow more children with limb differences to be included fully in music class. It is possible that musicians with low muscle strength or other disabilities could also benefit from the adaptation.

Our beta testers are providing invaluable feedback to make the Triple Play even more approachable.

Reviews & Press Coverage

I am a fourth grader. My arm ends just below the elbow. This works great. You can play all the notes that you need to. This is an amazing product.

Amazon Review

The recorder is awesome because I can have a chance to play an instrument I can’t usually play. I never thought anyone would make something like this!

Lucky Fin Project Recorders For All Recipient

As an elementary music teacher, I want all my students to be able to access my curriculum and feel included. […] With this new adaptive recorder, fingerings don’t change-none of the holes are permanently covered, and regular fingering charts are accurate. This is much more student-friendly, and a great value as well.

Kickstarter Backer Review

I've already used it with a student who broke his arm with great success. I know my upcoming student who is missing fingers on one hand will take to it quickly.

Kickstarter Backer Review

Reviews

Fingering Chart

The key layout is intuitive and is designed for simple transitions between notes.

Fingering Chart for the Triple PlayFingering Chart for the Triple Play

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase a recorder to use the Triple Play?

No! The Triple Play comes fully assembled and ready to play.

How many fingers do I need to play this instrument?

You will need at least six digits. A long arm might be able to reach and operate the keys. For those who are missing a hand, the adaptation might work better with the use of a brace to hold the instrument. Contact Valerie Peters for more information.

What if I am missing fingers on my left hand?

The keys work from either side. Put whatever hand you want on top.

How hard it is it to teach alongside other recorders?

Each key corresponds to a specific hole. While it is slightly different to use, the fingering system is the same as for an unmodified recorder.

Is there a left handed model?

The keys are usable from either side!

What is the fewest number of fingers one needs to be able to play this recorder? Do the able fingers need to be consecutive? I have a student with only a couple of usable fingers on each hand. Would my student be able to successfully play this recorder?

You need 6 fingers to play the instrument. They don’t have to be consecutive. The key cluster covers the bottom 3 holes and can be operated by one finger.

Would this benefit students with cerebral palsy who only have strong movement in one hand?

This might not be the best solution for students who only have strong movement in one hand. One hand alone cannot operate all of the holes as well as the keys. If the student’s weaker hand has enough control to operate the keys, our adaptation may be useful. If you are interested in receiving a tester instrument to try this with your student, please send us a message. We would love to see if our adaptation works for students of varied backgrounds.

Would this be useful for students with only one hand?

A long arm might be able to reach and manipulate the keys. In this case, the adaptation might work better with the use of a brace to hold the instrument.