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May
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comment Recorder sounds terrible with violin
Old recorders can be good, can be bad. Usually bad. It may sound OK all by itself, but is it really in tune with itself throughout its range? Are all the notes really there? Is the volume sufficient to be heard playing with other instruments (often the answer is no if you want to be in tune, old recorders were often voiced to play very softly by today's standards).
May
25
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May
22
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May
22
answered Recorder sounds terrible with violin
May
19
comment Learn the alto recorder
I agree, a tenor recorder might be your best bet. They are not that expensive; the Yamaha YRB-304B is a good instrument that costs $75 or less. Easy duet music abounds and even if you pick up something a bit too hard once in awhile you can keep it around and you'll be playing it sooner than you think.
May
16
comment Is there a highest note representable on sheet music without using an octave higher notation?
"filling in the rest" should also entail learning to actually see and count the rests -- much more important than > 4 ledger lines
May
15
comment Recorder bell question
Yes, some recorders can and some cannot. Whether or not they should is perhaps worth pondering. Even modern composers shy away from calling for the ultra-high range for smaller recorders, instead just switching up to sopranino or garkleins instead of trying to blast out a really high F#.
May
15
answered Recorder bell question
Feb
11
comment Is piano and recorder sheet music the same?
Very good answer. In particular, for a soprano recorder, the low F and middle C and D are the fingerings that break the 'lift-a-finger' pattern in the low register.
Feb
11
answered Playing recorder with bandaged finger
Feb
6
answered Is the alto recorder any 'quieter' than the soprano?
Dec
29
answered How can I play my new tenor recorder (a'=440) along with someone playing a harpsichord (a'=415)?
Oct
28
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Oct
28
comment How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?
In my experience cork cannot be added to plastic instrument joints, the tolerances are already too close.
Oct
28
comment How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?
No, any residual stickiness is easily cleaned off.
Oct
27
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Oct
27
answered How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?
May
16
comment Why is the recorder a good instrument to start with?
Handedness is not an issue for learning the recorder with left-hand on top. Even with separate foot joints, the double-holes found in Baroque and modern recorders are sized for right-hand down playing and that is the only way one should learn. Those who learn otherwise can become experts; I know of a couple and they wish they could switch but alas, that's truly difficult.
May
16
comment Why is the recorder a good instrument to start with?
Most answers below are reasonable, lack of alternative melody instruments is also a good reason: perhaps only the harmonica could be successful, but that's a much more complicated instrument to make and requires more fine breath control, imho.
Mar
28
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