Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

The third movement of Bach's second Brandenburg Concerto calls for multiple trills on the middle G in F. The fingering is highly awkward because it is right between two registers and I am looking for an easier method to obtain the trill. I am aware of playing G with the left digits 2, 3, and 4 and the right digits 2, 3, 4, and 5, but trilling with my right fifth and fourth digits is just about as difficult as well. Is there any alternate method for the trill?

share|improve this question
Can you provide an example in the score? – Richard Apr 26 '14 at 4:02
Here is the recorder part. It is on page 6, the beginning of the third movement. – American Luke Apr 26 '14 at 12:19
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Kenneth Wollitz in his The Recorder Book suggests using the alternative G fingering you describe, and trilling on your right third finger. I just tried it, and it seems pretty reasonable.

share|improve this answer
That would produce a trill from G# to A, no? – American Luke Apr 26 '14 at 12:20
No, that's not what happened when I tried it, I got G to A. – Codeswitcher Apr 26 '14 at 16:55
Okay, tried it again, how that I don't have to worry about waking the neighbors, and I'm getting better luck with G= 1 2 3, 4 5 6 /7 (half holing 7) and trilling 6, while keeping 7 half holed. Trilling on a forth finger that way is not entirely non-awkward, but at least you're not moving your whole hand for the trill. – Codeswitcher Apr 26 '14 at 18:12
Whoops, your original fingering actually works fine. I was thinking you were saying trilling with the right ring finger (4). Trilling the middle finger (3) works great. – American Luke Apr 26 '14 at 20:19

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.