Unit 7

New Note

Since the new note, F2, uses only the left thumb on the whisper key, it is important that your hand position is correct so that you can balance the instrument well. Support the instrument on the left hand at the first joint of the index finger. When you are playing F, keep the fingers curved and right over their holes, ready to play. Keep a point of contact with the instrument in your right hand as well. If you are using a hand rest (recommended only for players who have vey long fingers), that will rest in your right palm. If not, allow the first joint of your right index finger to rest on the trill key rod at the top of the boot joint. Keep your right thumb floating above the pancake key. Do not rest it on the instrument above the Bb key, as this tenses the hand.

Keep fingers hovering over the holes and keys even when they are not used in the fingering. When two or more fingers need to move at the same time, listen for them to lift and land together, for smoothness of the musical line (no blips!).

5. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Listen to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the sound clip. Learn to play it by ear in the key of G Major, starting on G1.