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Recorder Arm

The Recorder Arm* is a simple brace which attaches to a recorder.  It is constructed from a thumb rest and a wooden dowel and acts as a third arm coming out of the player's chest.  In conjunction with an adjustable neckstrap, the recorder arm keeps the recorder stable so that the player does not need to use much effort (or many fingers) to hold the instrument.

*For access to a video demonstration of the Recorder Arm, please send me a request on the Contact page of this website.

Recorder arm construction directions

Dual-adjustable neckstrap construction directions

Recorder Brace Made from a Coat Hanger:

This video shows a boy playing a recorder adapted for one-handed play that is supported by a brace made from a coat hanger. This adaptation was made by a volunteer for the Tetra Society of North America.

Microphone Stand:

        Although I don't have pictures, I have heard that one music teacher uses a microphone stand to hold a recorder for a young musician with a limb difference. Seems like a good idea!

Recorder Holding Device

This Recorder holding device made by A Day's Work, LLC. keeps the recorder stable as the player blows air through a tube. Perhaps a similar modification could be made for those who cannot bring their hands close enough to their face.

Design for an Adjustable Recorder Arm

Craig Garoutte, an engineer who volunteers for the May We Help organization, designed the following brace which could be printed with a 3D printer. The end of the green section would be shaped like a recorder thumb rest; these model images show simply the adjustable portion. This product will be tested soon.


Designed by Craig Garoutte, 2014