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The Bass
The bass recorder is three feet long, twice as long as the treble, and because of its length it is not possible for the player to put the end of the instrument to his lips.
The player's breath has to be conducted through a curved tube or 'crook' to the head of the instrument. Further, the holes of the instrument are rather far apart and the lowest hole is a considerable distance from the little finger. This hole, therefore, is always closed by means of a key.
It is tiring to hold the bass recorder unless some form of sling, similar to that for a bassoon, is used. This can be fastened to a ring attached to the back of the instrument. Another method is to fasten the sling to the lowest and narrowest part of the instrument, out of the way of the key. The sling can be made of cord, the length being adjusted to suit the individual pkyer. It is then placed round the player's neck and the hands are left free for the fingering. The right hand thumb is used to steady the instrument.
The fingering on the bass is the same as that used for the treble and sopranino instruments and occasionally the music for the bass instrument is written in the treble clef. Some of the music written for the treble can be used for practising the bass instrument to develop facility of fingering.
Usually, however, music written for the bass is in the bass
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