B, C, Crotchets
B, C, Crotchets
You will see in the above music that you have a semi-breve G and a semi-breve A followed by two more semi-breves on the line above. Notes on this middle line in treble clef are B's. To play a B on the descant recorder you need your left thumb covering the back hole and the index finger of your left hand covering the first front hole. So hold all 3 fingers down, blow count to 4, lift your third finger, blow and count to 4, lift your second finger blow and count to 4 and repeat the last bar.
In this line of music you will see that there are two bars of minims (two beat notes) in B and two bars of minims on the space above. This note is C. It is played with your left thumb at the back and the second finger of your left hand covering the second hole down. But unlike the A the first hole is not covered. So starting on B blow, count 1, 2, blow and count to 3, 4, repeat that bar, lift the first finger and put down the second, blow count 1, 2 , blow and count 3, 4 and repeat that bar. You will note that in the last bar the count of 1 2 3 and 4 is missing. This is because you won't get that on a normal piece of music. I have put it in initially to help you understand where the beats are but I am starting to phase it out on repeat bars now so you gradually learn to read without it.
You will notice on this line of music that there are some notes that look like minims except that they are solid black. These notes are single beat notes known as crotchets. In a time signature of 4/4 there will be 4 single beats worth of notes in each bar. So if those notes are crotchets you would have 4 of them as in bar one and two or you could have a minim and two crotchets in a bar as in bar 3 and bar 4. So fingering for C and blow 4 times, with 4 nice even lenghts counting 1 2 3 4, change to B fingering and blow 4 equal times counting 1 2 3 4, change back to c blow and count 1, 2, then change to B fingering and blow twice more counting 3 then 4 and repeat that bar. Try to keep a nice even count in your head 1 2 3 4 as you play.
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