# 6 A Tenor Baroque Note

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The limited range of the recorder (two octaves and one note), compared to instruments like flute and violin, makes some recorder notes particularly important. For example, the note for this lesson, F. This note unlocks the keys of C major and A minor, both fundamental to the baroque recorder repertoire.

In simple terms, with this new note we can play baroque music previously denied to us. So here it is.

It sounds like this:

The fingering is similar to low C, with a single finger raised, R2. Breath pressure is less critical for this note than for low C. However the "forked" F fingering is tricky. As we will see.

Try an F by itself, then try the exercise below

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When moving from the F to G (the first two notes), all the right hand fingers move together. The move from F to E (third bar) has R2 coming down while R3 and R4 come up. Try imagining R2 as a lever, which pushes R3 and R4 up together.

We can now play the C scale, up and down, also the C arpeggio. Both are shown below, try them with the backing.

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You may still struggle with the Low C, with either too much breath pressure, or fingers landing incorrectly, or both. This note is elusive for beginners. One day you may have it, the next day you don't. The problem is usually too much breath pressure. Focus on a light but steady airstream, when the note comes observe what you have done right.

Now another time signature. Here each beat is a quarter note (crotchet), however there just are two beats per bar. The time signature is 2/4, the rhythm is sometimes called "cut time". A 2/4 music example is below. Recognise the tune?

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We finish with some new rhythms, based on the sixteenth note (semiquaver) introduced earlier. Recall that four sixteenth notes (semiquavers) together have the same duration as one quarter note (crotchet)? There are two other common sixteenth note (semiquaver) combinations, both equivalent to a quarter note (crotchet). They are: two sixteenth notes (semiquavers) and an eighth note (quaver), and an eighth note (quaver) and two sixteenth notes (semiquavers). Try the example below, with both combinations.

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With the F major scale finally under our belt, visit the library below and try some baroque pieces.

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Danoise

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A Scotch Firk

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