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The fingering of the tenor recorder Is the same as that of the descant, the only difference being that the tenor, twice as long as the descant, sounds an octave lower. There should be no great difficulty, therefore, in a competent descant player soon learning to handle the tenor.
The main difficulty to be overcome will be for the player to accustom himself to handling an instrument twice as long as the descant, much fatter and therefore heavier, and with holes farther apart than those on the descant. Because of all these points, the newcomer to the tenor instrument will find it rather cumbersome to handle and tiring to the fingers. Regular practice will overcome difficulties of this nature. Notwithstanding its size, many older children who have learned to play the descant will very quickly learn to handle the tenor.
Some players find the lowest hole difficult if not impossible to reach with the little finger of the right hand and prefer an instrument with a key for this lowest hole. If it is found that the difficulty persists after the purchase of an expensive keyless instrument, the makers will usually be prepared to fix a key. But an instrument without a key is better if the player can handle it with comfort.
The notes for both the descant and tenor instruments are written in the same position on the stave. If this were not done,