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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2004 5:39 pm   Post subject: seeking advice on learning to play recorder Reply with quote

This forum doesn't seem to be too active, but I am hoping someone can spot this and help me out.

At over-40 years old, I have decided I would like to learn to play the recorder. I have been looking around a bit at the different types, their ranges, and sizes, etc. I would like to use it for personal playing and eventually to sometimes accompany a small group who do not have very high range of voices.

Even the Alto's range still seemed a little high, but the tenor seemed too big of an instrument for my small hands. You can probably tell how green I am. Is is possible to play lowerer on the Alto?

I would be brand new at this. I don't want to purchase anything too expensive, but I don't want to buy a cheap plastic $3.50 one either as I am afraid I would not like the sound enough to be motivated to continue.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:04 pm   Post subject: recorder Reply with quote

I play the oboe- one of the hardest woodwind instruments to play. I also play the recorder when i was 6. I wouldn't start with a plastic recorder. I would buy a yamaha, they aren't that expensive and they make a lovely sound. Once you play it for a while, you'll become used to the sound of the recorder and then you will understand fully whether it's right for you or not. Keep at it, even when you're having an off day and don't learn the notes then not play it for weeks because you'll just forget it again- I know!!
Hope my advice waw handy!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:33 pm   Post subject: Re: recorder Reply with quote

Pearl360 wrote:
ya recorders have a very pretty sound. much like the saxophone when u get used to it. anywayz recorders are very easy to learn how to play. kinda hard at first but you'll get used to itt, oboes look really hard to play!! you have to roll in both ur lips!! on the saxophone u only roll in the bottom one. ya i play the saxophone and ppl think that saxophones are for boyz but they're wrong! girls like mee are better at playing the sax!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:05 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know where to get a Recorder fingering chart?
Music = Life
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:49 pm   Post subject: recorder Reply with quote

Any music store that sells band instruments will probably have recorder books. The one I would recommend is the Yamaha Recorder Student. It has a good fingering chart and is fairly self explanitory. The important thing to know when you get a recorder is what the fingering system is. I would recommend the Baroque fingering system. By the way, just so you know, I am a high school band director and have taught recorders to beginning students. If you already know how to read music playing the recorder is easy.
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