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Dr. Brian Blood


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Important: To see and hear our 'live' music examples you will need to install the free Scorch plug-in for PC and MAC systems.


First Octave :: Second Octave :: Third Octave: C :: C#/Db :: D :: Eb/D# :: E :: F :: F#/Gb :: G


This section gives advice on the following topics:

How To Finger The Note F
How To Tongue The Note F


How To Finger The Note F in the Third Octave

The thirtieth note we learn, F in the third octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies above on the third leger line above the treble clef. You will need to close the bell of your recorder either with your knee or with a specially fitted bell-key. Click here for more information. Click on the play button in the Sibelius score to hear it. Below that we give the standard fingerings for this note, the fingerings you would try under normal circumstances.


Legend: = hole covered = hole uncovered = pinched thumbhole

Recorder Thumb 1 2 3 4 5 6b
6a
7b
7a
Bell
Descant
Tenor
  -----left hand------ -----right hand-----

F
standard


closed

Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for third octave F is written X 1 2 4 5 with the bell closed, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note F in the Third Octave

The fingering is as for high B natural but with the bell closed, either with the knee pushed up against the bottom of the recorder, or using a specially fitted bell key.


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