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fingering applies to most recorders, but a few notes differ on
instruments of different makes. In the figure a white dot means
an open hole and a black dot means a hole closed by the desig-
nated finger. The half white, half black dot means a partly
closed hole. This is accomplished by putting the finger very
lightly on the hole so some of the air can escape through the
hole when you blow. This is a little tricky until you get used
You will notice one other symbol used in connection with
the left thumb hole. This is a black dot with a small white space
at the top. When you see this, it means to press the end of the
thumb into the hole, leaving open only a small space above the
Study the fingering chart (Fig. 96), and practice the notes
slowly one at a time until you can play up and down the scale.
Once you reach this stage, you are well on your way and can
start in whenever you wish to pick out simple tunes.