This section gives advice on the following topics:
The twenty first note we learn, G sharp in the second octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies above the top line on the treble clef, but has a sharp sign in front of it, in front of an earlier G sharp or in the key signature. The enharmonic equivalent is A 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.
Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for second octave G sharp, or for the enharmonic equivalent A flat, is written X 1 2 4, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.
How To Tongue The Note G sharp in the Second Octave
Like F natural and F sharp discussed in earlier lessons, G# in the second octave, what we will call middle G#, has a fingering very like that for the low G# but with the removal of one finger, in this case the second finger of the right hand. You might like to try playing successively, low G# and middle G#, so that you get used to the basic pattern as well as the single finger and 'pinched' thumb adjustment for the higher note. On most recorders middle G# is a note that causes little difficulties. Unfortunately, on a small number of instruments the note can 'squeak' if the player tongues the note too strongly. This problem is found more usually on large recorders and is very rare on descants. If you have discovered this problem on your recorder it can mean either that the instrument needs revoicing or that the recorder is of inferior quality. Experiment with a softer tonguing stroke, although you must take care not to make the stroke so soft that the G# will not speak at all. As with all 'pinched' notes, take particular notice of the size of the thumbhole opening. This needs to be kept small.
We include an exercise in the next lesson, lesson no. 22, that introduces G# and A in the second octave.