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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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The recorder is probably very poor - Adlers were made in what was East Germany and in my opinion were not well-designed or well made. In fact, you may have a German-fingered recorder which are all uniformly terrible. The fingering for low f-natural is usually T1234-67, i.e, forked, but for those German fingered recorders it's T12345. In order to make this ...


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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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Sounds like the violin is in tune, but the recorder is out of tune. It's most likely just the recorder. There may be a couple of possibilities here. Try to determine how far out of tune (and in which direction) the recorder is, either using a tuner or by ear. Recorders can be tuned by pulling out the head joint from the body. If the recorder's pitch is too ...


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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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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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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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In my opinion, what works for you is what works. Everyone's hands, wrists, and recorders are different. You seem to be analyzing your movements with great attention to detail; keep doing that. Practicing the 'best' movements will get them into your muscle memory and they'll become, if not quite second nature, at least third. You may find that you'll use ...


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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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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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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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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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Two answers: 1) You order to your heart's content and wallet's tolerance from The Early Music Workshop of New England, the retail shop of The Von Huene Workshop, makers of some of the very finest recorders. If you're overwhelmed by the variety of choices at that link, allow me to recommend picking up the phone and calling them when they're open, and asking ...


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Take a look at Duets for One (duetsforone.com) where you'll find some beautiful baroque music recorded and pdf sheet musc for you to play along with in your practise time. There are some free samples on there to try before you buy.


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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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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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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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I don't know the answer to your questions, but I'm answering the question you didn't ask: I want to play duets with my daughter; how do I do that? There's a couple of interesting wrinkles. First, you don't say where your daughter is in her violin study -- that is, how much of a beginner she is (or isn't). If she's a beginner herself, the music you're ...


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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.


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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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It'll depend a lot on your son's musical taste as to what he's likely to be inspired by, but try to find music that shows off the recorder both as a solo instrument and working with other instruments. So some of the baroque sonatas by Handel or Telemann - which are also quite accessible to the intermediate player - would be a good starting point. For ...


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At the risk of being declared off-topic, can I recommend that if your son shows a modicum of talent, buy him an Alto recorder - preferably a wooden one. The difference in sound is incredible, and it opens a new world of music. I took up recorder in my 40s, after a break of 30 years. Now in my late 60s, I have no intention of retiring. The recorder is a ...


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Rule #1 is to do what works for you. I don't do everything on the recorder the same way my teacher does, because I don't get on with some of her playing technique (particularly her method for left-hand thumb placement). You do have to know why you're doing what you're doing though, you can't just say "that looks hard" and do something else because it might ...


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Are you looking for something simple to play, that he can play along with, like this selection from Zelda: Or just something fun to listen to, like this Recorder Orchestra: ...


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The book Red Hot Recorder is very popular with colleagues of mine who teach recorder (and their pupils, of course!) I must stress this is just one example book though - there are loads of others.


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There are many songs. You can get the suzuki books, they have different levels http://www.amazon.com/Suzuki-Recorder-School-Soprano-Volume/dp/0874875536/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1402425647&sr=8-2&keywords=recorder+suzuki here on level 1, there are like 30 songs (didn't count). Most of them are familiar and fun, teaching students technique. I ...


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For European Classical music, most recorder parts are for the alto (AKA the treble). However, it will be a while until you get up to that level. For beginner parts, there would be more for the soprano (AKA the descant). I would suggest learning the basics for the soprano first. Although there are plenty learning resources for the alto, a soprano is ...


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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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