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Mar
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comment Unstable lowest note on Yamaha YRS-302B
Yes, most common recorders will have weaker/softer lower notes. Exceptions are the most recent generation of keyed recorders by makers like Mollenhauer, Elhert, and Breukink, and recorders with more conical or cylindrical bores found during the Renaissance and earlier. Those recorders suffer at the high end but have strong bottom notes.
Feb
1
answered How loud is an alto recorder
Jul
31
comment Right hand technique for low chromatic notes
Glad to be of service. If you watch professionals carefully you'll see them use all possible techniques, but usually the same one for a given transition/passage. At that level, alternative fingerings and breath control gives one even more choices about how handle tricky bits.
Jul
28
answered Right hand technique for low chromatic notes
May
31
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).
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May
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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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