This section gives advice on the following topics:
To Finger The Note B flat
The thirtieth note we learn, B flat in the third octave on the treble (alto) recorder, lies on the fifth leger line above the treble clef and has a flat sign preceding it. The note A sharp is enharmonic to it. 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.
Using the standard nomenclature, the fingering for third octave B flat, or the enharmonic equivalent A sharp, is written X 1 2 4 5 with the bell closed, where X indicates a pinched thumb or vented thumbhole.
How To Tongue The Note B flat in the Third Octave
Like A flat, 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. Note that you have to close the bell of your recorder - for this a bell key can be fitted by Dolmetsch.