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Yes, both piano music and recorder music are written with the same kind of music notation, using the same kinds of symbols. The pitch "A" on the piano and the same pitch "A" on the recorder are written with the same musical note in sheet music. I do not know, but I suspect that the problem your daughter is encountering is of a different nature: On the ...


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For starters, the recorder is a great instrument that is played by everyone from the absolute beginner up to conservatory-trained professionals. There are some differences in how it is used in European compared to American culture--for starters, almost all professional-level players hail from outside of the US, whereas in the United States it is seen ...


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The reasons (in addition to those of DrMayhem), which I think of are: easy to find a teacher affordable even in decent quality no tuning efforts for solo play as all other woodwinds: ear and breathing technique trained traditional instrument for an orchestra many small ensemble formations and musical styles open to choose neighbour-friendly (closing the ...


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My answer is no, it isn't really possible to use a fingering technique to play an A440 recorder at A415. No professional would even try; they would instead, as Wheat noted, have a real A415 instrument or, if extremely confident and well rehearsed, transpose on-the-fly down a half-step. One can indeed bend most notes up or down quite a bit using half-holes, ...


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Child-proof instruments are a rarity. Recorders are pretty well bombproof. They can easily be twisted to accomodate left-handers.It's quite easy to play each note in tune and the tone , whilst not over-pleasing, is acceptable, unlike, say, the violin in the hands of a beginner. The fingering is similar to flute, sax etc.So paving the way forward for ...


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Soprano and Alto recorders are pretty cheap, relatively speaking. Honestly, it may be worthwhile to explore the possibility of purchasing new instruments. Unlike wood recorders, a plastic recorder's sound will not improve / mature over time, so if the cost of fixing them is comparable to purchasing new ones, it may be a viable alternative. Personally, if ...


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Cut a piece of paper to fit and scotch tape it to the joint. If still loose fold the paper over. The length of the paper should be a little less than the circumference of the joint so it will stay there because the tape will be on the paper and the joint. I use this technique for all my recorders and all joints. It's completely reversable and cheap.


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Curved windways are usually considered to give a more interesting, complex tone quality, but I couldn't give an acoustic reason for this. They're definitely more difficult to produce I've also heard it suggested that a curved windway is superior because it allows condensation to drain to the edges of the windway more easily, where it will interfere less. ...


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I do not play recorder, or harpsichord, but I have friends who do, as I'm a fan of Baroque music. Let me tell you what I do know. A=440 and A=415 are exactly one half-step or 100 cents apart (relative to 12-tone equal temperament). I don't have a definitive answer, but the problem is that neither the recorder nor the harpsichord are (typically) tuned in ...


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This is the same in the UK - they are very easy to carry, and relatively easy to learn the basics. My childhood instrument was strathspey and reel violin, and it certainly did help my understanding of music in general, and my competence in playing guitar. I think any instrument will aid in your learning of musical concepts,rhythm, harmony etc., so a ...


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The first question I would ask is which recorder are you playing on? The soprano and tenor recorders can go as low as C and the sopranino and alto recorders go down to low F. In the link you shared, I believe they are discussing an alto recorder. That being said, if you want to finger a low A on an alto recorder, cover the left hand holes as described in the ...


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The high D is actually pretty easy on my tenor (Rottenburgh). You have to pinch the thumb hole (covering somewhere around half of it) and then four of the first six top holes, leaving both middle fingers off (also both pinkies, though you never use the left pinky anyway—I just wanted to be clear). Imagine that an X indicates a closed hole and an O indicates ...


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I would say, fall back on technique. If you have a proper grip, just trust that your fingers will be where they are supposed to go. And a rubber finger tip glove should solve any sealing problems. That said, I would wait for fresh skin to develop on the pad before really trying to play anything. Especially an open hole instrument.


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In IMSLP it is possible to select by instrument. Unfortunately the repertoire there is not overwhelming and one has to recognize the desired period(s) oneself. More of an idea, what exists, can be found at score shops like Sheet Music Plus. Good news is, that there is really a lot. In Renaissance there was no strict instrument assignment, so scores for ...


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Music Minus One for Recorder The Music Minus One company sells a large collection of backing accompaniment tracks on CD along with sheet music for playing solo recorder. The link above is for Baroque music for recorder; they also have Renaissance music for recorder, and a larger collection of many other musical styles. I noted that they sell one collection ...


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The folks at Antique Sound Workshop seem to like the Yamaha 300 series slightly better than the Aulos 500's -- the Yamaha recorders, they say, have "a full, complex, and robust tone quality", whereas the Aulos are simply "neutral". I haven't played the Aulos instruments, so I can't compare them directly. I would draw your attention to ASW's comments about ...


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It's stood a long time - so here's an answer. Don't know about recorders, but on a flute I have which has two mouthpieces - a straight, normal one and a curved one, there appears to be no difference in the sound or tone between them. The curved makes the instrument easier to play, as the arm stretch is not so great, but apart from that, there is no quality ...


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The instrument is simple to learn which causes the player to more focus on all other stuff necessary to become a good musician. Learning to read sheet music, writing it and ear training. The faster and younger you learn these skills the more advantage you will have when you later switch to another instrument as you will then 'only' learn the instrument. The ...


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American Recorder Society Contact the American Recorder Society, which has chapters of amateur recorder ensembles in many cities in the USA. They also publish method books and repertoire. I'm sure you can find similar groups in other countries if you do not live in the USA.



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