Sunday, March 20, 2016

How to Play C2

There are several numbering conventions used to identify octaves in music. The most widely accepted method is the scientific pitch notation system in which numbers are used to identify the octave. In this system, middle C is identified as C4. C4 serves as the theoretical transition point from bass clef to treble clef. In order to understand how to play C2 on any instrument, you must first know two things: is your instrument capable of playing C2 and where does C2 fall on the staff system.

Step 1 Learn about the scientific pitch notation system. Each pitch in the system is given a number, an alphabetical note name and an accidental when applicable. In this system a C# in the middle of the treble clef staff would be written as C#5.

Step 2 Identify where C2 falls in the staff system. C2 is two octaves lower than middle C and written in the bass clef. It appears on the second ledger line below the staff.

Step 3 Determine whether your instrument is capable of playing C2. Locate a fingering chart and a list of notes possible on your instrument. Use the fingering chart to learn how to play C2 if it is available on your instrument.

Step 4 Practice playing the note and memorize the fingering. This applies to guitar, violin, tuba and any other instrument. On piano, C2 is the white key two octaves below middle C to the left of the two black keys.

If you play a brass instrument, you will need to learn to relax your embouchure enough to play the pitch. Woodwind instruments need to use the proper amount of air. Experiment to find how much air gives you the best sound.