**LESSON FIVE**

F, G, Dotted Minims

F, G, Dotted Minims

In this first exercise for lesson five we are introducing a new note. This note sits on the top line of the stave and is F. To play this note you half cover the hole at the back with your thumb the same as for E but after covering the first four holes with your left hand instead of also covering hole five with your index finger you cover hole 6 with your middle finger of your right hand instead. For this exercise you only need to play F but you are going to do several different rhythms (remember that is pattern of lengths of notes). So in bar one blow an F and count 1 2 3 4, in bar two you will blow counting 1 2 and then again counting 3 4. In bar 3 you blow four even notes one on each beat 1 2 3 4. In the final bar you have 8 quavers - half beats - so count and blow 1 and , 2 and, 3 and, 4 and. Blowing on each beat 1 2 3 4 and each of the four 'and' counts.

In this exercise you will see that in each bar there is a minim with a dot after it. The dot lengthens the note by half as much again. So since a minim is 2 beats and half that is 1 then the total lenght of the note is 1+2 i.e. 3. Then as there are 4 beats in the bar we have a further crotchet in each bar to make it 4, (or you could have two quavers). So play C count 1 2 3 and blow again for beat 4, then in bar two play B count 1 2 3 and blow again for beat 4, in bar three play D count 1 2 3 and blow again for beat 4 and finally, yes you've guessed it, play E count 1 2 3 and blow again on E for beat 4.

This exercise is just to revise all the notes that you know relating to pitch and several different length notes. So in bar one play G and count 1 2 3 4, in bar two play A count 1 2 3 and then play B for the last beat, in bar 3 play C counting 1 2 and again counting 3 4 and then finally in bar four play D, E and two F's counting one beat on each 1 2 3 4.

In this final exercise we have a new note. This notes sits on top of the stave and is G. But wait a minute, haven't we already had G? Well yes we have but musical notes are written in Octaves, which are sets of 8 and then they repeat. So notes names go A B C D E F G A B C D E F G,

A B C D E F G..... and so on. An octave is A to A, B to B or C to C and so on. This G is an octave higher than the G we started with. (See the tab for Musical Intervals to find out about other types of intervals - differences in pitch - between notes).

To play the note on your recorder half cover the hole at the back with your thumb and cover the first 3 holes on the front with the first 3 fingers of your left hand.

For bar one there is just a semi-breve so find the fingering for G, blow once only and count 1 2 3 4. Then for bar two change fingering to F and blow counting 1 2 and then again counting 3 4. In the third bar change your fingering back to G and blow counting 1 2 3 and blow again for one beat only. Then finaly change back to F and blow four even crotchet beats 1 2 3 4.

Congratulations - you are over a third way through the whole set of lessons. Practise the first five until you feel comfortable with them and then go on to Lesson Six.

A B C D E F G..... and so on. An octave is A to A, B to B or C to C and so on. This G is an octave higher than the G we started with. (See the tab for Musical Intervals to find out about other types of intervals - differences in pitch - between notes).

To play the note on your recorder half cover the hole at the back with your thumb and cover the first 3 holes on the front with the first 3 fingers of your left hand.

For bar one there is just a semi-breve so find the fingering for G, blow once only and count 1 2 3 4. Then for bar two change fingering to F and blow counting 1 2 and then again counting 3 4. In the third bar change your fingering back to G and blow counting 1 2 3 and blow again for one beat only. Then finaly change back to F and blow four even crotchet beats 1 2 3 4.

Congratulations - you are over a third way through the whole set of lessons. Practise the first five until you feel comfortable with them and then go on to Lesson Six.

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