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First Octave :: Second Octave: C :: C#/Db :: D :: Eb/D# :: E :: F :: F#/Gb :: G :: G#/Ab :: A :: Bb/A# :: B :: Third Octave


This section gives advice on the following topics:

How To Finger The Note C sharp
How To Tongue The Note C sharp


How To Finger The Note C sharp in the Second Octave

The fourteenth note we learn, C sharp in the second octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies on the second space from the top of the treble clef but has a sharp sign before it, on a C earlier in the bar or in the key signature. The enharmonic equivalent of C sharp is D flat, the fingering for both notes being identical. 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 as well as a useful alternative.


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C#
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C#
alternative


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for second octave C sharp, or for the enharmonic equivalent D flat, is written 1 2. An alternative fingering for second octave C sharp uses the thumb alone and is written 0.

How To Tongue The Note C sharp in the Second Octave

C sharp in the second octave is easy enough to play whether with its standard fingering and with the alternative ffingering which is also given above. Beyond introducing the note, we shall say no more about it. We suggest that you go onto the following lesson where we introduce D in the second octave. There you will find a number of exercises that have been written to help you master D and C sharp.


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