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Dr. Brian Blood


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First Octave :: Second Octave :: Third Octave: F :: F#/Gb :: G :: G#/Ab :: A :: Bb/A# :: B :: C


This section gives advice on the following topics:

How To Finger The Note G
How To Tongue The Note G


How To Finger The Note G in the Third Octave

The twenty seventh note we learn, G in the third octave on the bass recorder, lies on the third leger line above the bass clef. Click on the play button in the Sibelius score to hear it. Below that we give the two standard fingerings for this note, the fingerings you would try under normal circumstances. On some instruments you are expected to close both the bottom right hand tone holes or key touch pieces otherwise the high G will be very sharp while on others those holes can open. This can also determine whether you have a fingering high F sharp (G flat) available on your instrument. The choice of fingering depends on the maker and the model of your instrument.


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-----

G
standard



G
alternative


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for third octave G natural is written X 1 3 4 6a 6b, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole. An alternative standard fingering for third octave G will require the addition of both the small holes 7a and 7b (using the key touch pieces if your bass is fitted with a double key) and is written X 1 3 4 6a 6b 7a 7b.

How To Tongue The Note G in the Third Octave

You should have satisfied yourself as to the best fingering for your instrument, the fingering that produces the correctly tuned high G. As regards the tonging stroke and air flow requirements for a secure high G you should find both similar to top F, although in general top F speaks more freely.

You are now ready to play piece no. 27.


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