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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.
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).
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#.
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.
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.
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.
Feb
8
comment High D on Tenor Recorder
Let me add to this good answer that "open throat" is another way of saying to keep your jaw and neck muscles relaxed. It can help to imagine that your head is a balloon lifting off your shoulders. Usually, a very small opening is all that is needed for the thumb, very small. You'll get it eventually.
May
14
comment Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?
+1 for telling the youngsters what's in store for them.
Feb
8
comment How do classical composers write music?
Excellent selection of images.
Feb
7
comment What is a transposing instrument?
For completeness let me add that the recorder family is non-transposing, so players learn new fingerings for each key/clef: C (soprano, tenor) and F (alto, bass) are the most common; G, D, and Bb are useful for advanced playing. Advanced players can read any clef ancient or modern, figure out which instrument fits the range and then how to finger it by pretending to be on a different instrument in a different clef with a different key signature.
Dec
24
comment What are the feelings & emotions behind chords?
The absolute pitch example is true, but only when using equal temperament. If you instead choose a meantone tuning you'll get quite a different sound and feeling as you tranpose a tune.
Dec
8
comment Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?
I'm a bit late, but want to mention marimba and hammered dulcimer as potentials.