This section gives advice on the following topics:
To Finger The Note E
How To Finger The Note E in the Third Octave
The twenty ninth note we learn, E in the third octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies on the third 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. 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.
Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for third octave E is written X 2 3 5 6a 6b with the bell closed, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.
How To Tongue The Note E in the Third Octave
Like E flat, this note would be considered by most descant/soprano recorder players to be outside the instrument's normal range. The fingering charts supplied with most recorders do not supply this fingering. This is a shame because the fingering is easy enough to learn and easy enough to play. Having already played high E flat in the third octave just slur up to E by closing the bell, using your kneee pressed up against the end of your recorder or by closing a specially fitted bell-key which is can be fitted to your recorder by Dolmetsch. The note speaks easily if enough air is supplied by the player.
You are now ready to play piece no. 29.