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Dr. Brian Blood


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This section gives advice on the following topics:

How To Finger The Note B natural
How To Tongue The Note B natural


How To Finger The Note B natural

The nineteenth note we learn, B natural in the second octave on the bass recorder, lies in the space above the top line of the bass clef. Click on the play button in the Sibelius score to hear it. Below that we give the standard fingering for this note, the fingering you would use under normal circumstances.


Legend: = hole covered = hole uncovered = pinched thumbhole

Recorder Thumb 1 2 3 4 5 6b
6a
7b
7a
Bell
Bass in F
Contra Bass
  -----left hand------ -----right hand-----

B natural
standard


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for second octave B natural is written X 1 2 3 5, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note B natural in the Second Octave

B natural in the first octave used both the second and the third finger of the right-hand. In the second octave only the second finger is used and like the middle A and B flat we have already discussed, the thumbhole is 'pinched'. When making the octave movement from low to middle B natural remember to raise the third finger for the middle B natural and lower it for the lower B natural. As it is easier to introduce B natural and C together we will leave the next piece until the next lesson.