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Dr. Brian Blood

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This section gives advice on the following topics:

How To Finger the Note B flat
How To Tongue the Note B flat

How To Finger The Note B flat

The eighteenth note we learn, B flat in the second octave on the bass recorder, lies in the space above the top line of the bass clef. The enharmonic equivalent of B flat is A sharp, the note that has the same fingering as B flat. 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
Bass in F
Contra Bass
  -----left hand------ -----right hand-----


Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for second octave B flat, or for the enahrmonic equivalent A sharp, is written X 1 2 3 4 6a 6b, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note B flat in the Second Octave

When we introduced A in the second octave of the bass you will have noticed that it had the same fingering as for low A but with the thumbhole slightly open. There are quite a lot of notes in the two octaves that have this similarity. Unlike most smaller recorder, some basses allow you to leave holes 7a and 7b open for the low B flat which makes moving between the two notes an octave apart much easier. If your bass is sharp on the lower B flat when holes 7a and 7b are open then you must revert to the standard fingering for low B flat with these two holes closed. If you play successively the middle and bottom B flat you should soon find the finger movements you must make become instinctive, as well as deciding whether you need holes 7a and 7b closed to produce a good octave between the B flats. In every other way, middle B flat like middle A before it is an easy note to play and you should be ready to play piece no. 18 to familiarize yourself with this new note.