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Dr. Brian Blood

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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 A flat
How To Tongue The Note A flat

How To Tongue The Note A flat

The twenty eighth note we learn, A flat in the third octave on the treble (alto) recorder, lies above 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. The enharmonic equivalent is G sharp, the note that uses the same fingering as A flat.

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 A flat, or for the enharmonic equivalent G sharp, is written X 2 3 5 6a 6b, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.

How To Tongue The Note A flat in the Third Octave

This note would be considered by most treble/alto 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 G in the third octave just slur up to A flat and you will find that the note speaks easily if enough air is supplied by the player. The note also speaks as easily as high G.

You are now ready to play piece no. 28.