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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 F sharp
How To Tongue The Note F sharp

How To Finger The Note F sharp

The nineteenth note we learn, F sharp in the second octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies on the top line of the treble clef and has a sharp sign before it, before an F earlier in the same bar or in the key signature. The enharmonic equivalent is G flat which has the same fingering. 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
  -----left hand------ -----right hand-----


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for second octave F sharp, or for the enharmonic equivalent G flat, is written X 1 2 3 5, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note F sharp in the Second Octave

F sharp 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 E and F natural we have already discussed, the thumbhole is 'pinched'. When making the octave movement from low to middle F sharp remember to raise the third finger for the middle F sharp and lower it for the lower F sharp. As it is easier to introduce F sharp and G together we will leave the next piece until the next lesson.