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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 G
How To Tongue The Note G

How To Finger The Note G in the Third Octave

The thirty second note we learn, G in the third octave on the descant (soprano) recorder, lies on the fourth 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

Recorder Thumb 1 2 3 4 5 6b
  -----left hand------ -----right hand-----


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

How To Tongue The Note G in the Third Octave

The note is called for in standard repertoire although it is something of a 'freak'. The player has to tongue very hard to produce a clear sound but in all cases it is both shrill and piercing.