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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: F :: F#/Gb :: G :: G#/Ab :: A :: Bb/A# :: B :: C


This section gives advice on the following topics:

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


How To Finger The Note C

The thirty second note we learn, C in the third octave on the treble (alto) recorder, lies above the fifth leger line above the treble clef. 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

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

C
standard


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for third octave C natural is written X 1 4, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note C in the Third Octave

This note appears in a recorder sonata by Telemann. It is easy enough to play, blow hard and tongue firmly. The note is never lovely to listen to but it is most effective in performance.