Mary had a little lamb - traditional for descant recorder (baroque)
How to read the adamTabs for descant recorder (baroque)
Below you will find the original adamTabs® which shows the music by numbers - a digital code within the note heads. Simply, you will now be able to play your favourite melodies. Such a music school has not yet been seen nor heard.
Getting the sound on the recorder is really easy. It is achieved by continuous repetition of syllables "doo" or "too", but always as a whisper which ensures a pleasant tone. Brass never as you do on other instruments! Whispering syllables are sometimes short and sometimes longer, as in actual melodies.
To learn the main fingering on the descant recorder (baroque) is very easy. Get aquainted with it now. The descant recorder (baroque) has one hole at the back and seven holes at its front. All holes are numbered from 0 to 7, making "a chain". This chain always starts with the hole on the backside (0). The main digit shows fingering by pointing out the length of the chain to be covered.
|Holding your recorder
RIGHT HAND Thumb is supporting the recorder underneath, all other fingers are acting above. LEFT HAND The Thumb is covering the hole at the back. The First finger covers the hole nearest your mouth. Note that the little finger is never in use!
|means that all holes from 0 to 7 are covered by the pads of your fingers.|
|means that all holes from 0 to 6 are covered by the pads of your fingers..||means that all holes from 0 to 5 are covered by the pads of your fingers..||means that all holes from 0 to 4 are covered. Right-hand point finger covering hole nr 4!!.|
|means that all holes from 0 to 3 are covered.||means that all holes from 0 to 2 are covered.||means that all holes from 0 to 1 are covered.|
a.d.a.m. introduces minus
The main digit may be followed by a minus sign. The holes pointed out after the minus sign are excluded from "the chain" and must not be covered.
|means fingering 6 while excluding hole nr 4||means fingering 2 while excluding nr 1||means fingering 2 while excluding 1 and 0|
|means fingering 2 while excluding 0||5° Fingering with upper 0The left-hand thumb does not mentirely cover the hole 0. It leaves a very small openning. To learn this skill (known as pinching) bend the thumb as you'd like to enter the hole 0. Cover holes from 0 to 5 with 0 slightly open.|
|:I||the most common sign of repetition, play all over again|
|I:||must be repeated from that point|
|%||repeat last grupp of digits|
|DaCapo alFine||repeat from beginning to the FINE|
|=||the same grip (replay grip)|
|_||means that the sound is prolonged, sometimes quite much|