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The recorder is a fippled end-blown flute from the woodwind family. The most common recorders are the Descant and the Treble.

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Is there a system behind recorder fingering charts or do people just memorize them?

I'd like to understand how recorder fingerings work, e.g. for a Baroque alto recorder. Let's say you know which holes are open, which ones are partially open and which ones are closed. How can you ...
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How were the hole positions determined on a recorder, and how were the fingerings invented?

I recently obtained an inexpensive plastic recorder and am amazed that it’s possible to play a chromatic scale on it across two octaves. Many of the fingerings seem magical to me - as in, how did ...
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How do I play this rhythm? [duplicate]

I am trying to play the Largo from Vivaldi's Concerto for Flautino in C Major (RV 443), but I am not sure how to time this passage in measure 4: This piece is in 12/8 time, but the notes in this ...
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Playing a C Recorder with classical guitar

The guitar is normally a G tuning instrument but recorders are C or F instruments,Do I need to alter standard guitar tuning to eg C tuning, in order to play with a C Recorder eg Descant or Tenor, or F,...
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I am a recorder player and have come across a strange version, would like to know more

Any ideas what this might be called, note the thumb hole is in the lower end of the tube. Thanks
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Practicing airflow away from the tenor recorder

I have a new Yamaha tenor recorder, and I love practicing it. But I'm having a really hard time not overblowing, especially in the lowest register. I'm a tuba player, so using so little air is really ...
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Which fingering system is easier on the Roland AE-01, trumpet or recorder?

The Roland AE-01 (digital wind instrument) has fingering for recorder and trumpet. There is no need to develop blowing technique. I played the trumpet years ago so I can recall some of it. In terms ...
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Tune of wind instruments and the strength of blow

First of all I want to inform you that I wasn't that close with music in my life so I might not know the obvious and mix up terminology. I am gathering information for an engineering project involving ...
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Plastic vs. wooden recorder and saliva build-up?

I teach recorder to young students (ages 9-11), and I often play along. I used to play on a Hohner wooden recorder, which I liked. It had a better tone quality and I thought it would be a better ...
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Is there a recorder-analog for the flute?

I have used soprano baroque recorders for students aged 8-10 as a "pre-band" instrument. I find that most students enjoy practicing note-reading, and the average student is able to progress ...
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Is it difficult to transition from German fingering to Baroque fingering?

Just for fun, I am looking into learning how to play the recorder. I might be able to get a soprano recorder from a friend who doesn't play it anymore, but it seems like it requires German fingering. ...
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How can I find out which woodwind instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering so it makes transitioning between those instruments easier?

Just for fun, I want to begin learning woodwind instruments. Unfortunately, I have to put some financial constraints on that project. Therefore, I am looking into learning how to play the recorder, ...
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Which instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering? (In other words, which instruments can you play if you know how to play one of them?) [closed]

First of all, I fully realize that to know how to actually play an instrument, there is more to it than just the fingering. Yet, I feel like it has to make things easier, right? What about recorder, ...
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Will a plastic recorder clearly show expansion/contraction or at least changes to pitch due to temperature? [duplicate]

I need to do a science project, and I'm investigating how temperature affects the pitch of an instrument. I currently play clarinet, and I'm not comfortable putting my wooden clarinet in the fridge or ...
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Playing a tin whistle or recorder out of the side of your mouth

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to the position of a tin whistle (or penny whistle) on (in?) the mouth? Some background: I play flute, so nothing in the mouth. I tongue on various parts of my ...
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Recorder thumb technique

The standard techniques for the left thumb on the recorder involve sliding or rotating the thumb downwards (sometimes using the thumbnail) or rotating/sliding the thumb backwards so that the hole open ...
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Where do you place your pinky when playing recorder?

do you place your free pinky of your left hand underneath as a support or do you let in hang free?
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Why do curved windways sound better on the recorder? [duplicate]

Can someone explain to me why curved windways sound better than straight wind ways in terms of physics?
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Has anyone required nonstandard fingerings for "normal" pipe instruments?

By "normal," I mean pipe instruments that are tuned to 12-equal temperament. They have "standard" fingering for each notes in 12edo, but I recall that, when I was young, I found it ...
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Help a 6-year old learn to play recorder

After "mandatory" recorder lessons in his school, my 6 year old son wants to learn to play recorder properly. So, this question is two-fold. What recorder should I pick for him? He currently has a ...
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Which notes are played

I have had VERY LITTLE formal music training, so l may be unable to properly express my dilemma. I hope you understand my frustra I want to play the recorder in church, where most songs start at ...
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How do I play: do re mi fa sol la si, on my soprano recorder?

I am confused about there being different lowest notes for different sizes of recorder. My soprano recorder says descant B. It is an average sized recorder (Yamaha YRS-24B). What will the fingering ...
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How similar (or not) are recorder, fife, and flute fingerings?

I don't play any of these instruments, but have at least tried them enough to play a scale. My impression is the basic holes down the pipe are tuned to a diatonic scale. The more holes covered, the ...
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L'Arlésienne Menuet — where to take a breath?

I'm learning the flute solo from the Menuet of L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2 (IMSLP) on the treble recorder. I'm having trouble getting from rehearsal mark C to D in one breath; there don't seem to be any ...
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Recorder out of tune by a half tone up

When playing my Recorder I found out that each note was half tone (sharp) up... I was wondering if this is a problem with the flute, or with my technique of blowing... I have also noticed that when ...
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Tenor recorder music sheet notes

I recently purchased a tenor recorder, (and can already play the soprano recorder). I would like to know which voice on sheet music the tenor recorder plays (SATB). I know that soprano recorder plays ...
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Scaling an object to change its key

I used a 3D Printer to make a kid's Recorder for my son. It plays surprisingly well. However, it's not tuned to match the common recorder used in schools. Using a phone-app tuner, the base mouth-piece ...
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What does the plus (+) ornament mean?

I am learning a baroque piece on the recorder. Some notes have an unusual ornamentation symbol. How is a note with a plus sign over it played? It was suggested to play it as a mordent. Is that correct?...
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Recorder alto or soprano german or baroque

For an Indian beginner playing Hindustani Music which recorder is the best - soprano or alto with German or Baroque style ?
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How can I play C#/Db on a soprano recorder with single holes? I can't play that note

I would like to play that note properly but I can not. I also would like to determine the make of my soprano recorder... it's green, solid and made from hard plastic, It has two stripes in the head ...
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Cleaning a Tenor Recorder lever

I have a plastic Tenor Recorder which I understand can be washed with soapy water. I am concerned if the lever can also be immersed or do I have to clean it another way.
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Should I bother to learn the correct fingering or transpositions by default when playing a second instrument?

I have been playing the Soprano recorder for some time now, and also the Alto for a while as well. The thing is, I never bothered learning the correct fingering for the Alto. That is, the fingering ...
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Why is contemporary music for the recorder so weird?

Im a recorder enthusiast and I love playing early music. There is so much music from that time that fits for the recorder, but it is still limited. So I would like to go for more modern / contemporary ...
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How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder

Help! I just purchased the MPI classic Tenor recorder in Matte black from Groth music (http://www.grothmusic.com/p-24419-mpi-classic-tenor-recorder-outfit-baroque.aspx?utm_source=googlepepla&...
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Recorder left-hand thumb position with certain note combinations

Looks like thumbs in general are a real issue for me. I'm teaching myself the recorder, and would not want to acquire a bad habit. I'm approaching notes in the higher octave (soprano recorder) and ...
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Right-hand thumb position for playing recorder

I am approaching the (soprano) recorder by myself, and have checked several resources online with very valuable advice (e.g. placing the left-hand thumb slightly inclined so as to allow it roll — life ...
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Yamaha tenor recorder

Playing very low notes tend to be an octave too high and I'm blowing very gently. Very new at this and am not sure what the problem is. Can anyone help?
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How do I stop the sound of a recorder cleanly and without the pitch falling?

When I end a note on recorder the pitch falls. This is great for certain styles of music, but on others it just doesn't get it. I'm looking for a nice clean release. I've tried a sharp blast of air ...
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Recorders and Musical scores

I'm new to recorders and I do not know much about it. I have a soprano recorder by Yamaha. I really enjoyed a composition by handel, specifically the recorder sonata. I would like to know whether ...
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Why do old wood recorders sound and play better?

I inherited a German-made soprano recorder that my mom bought in 1970. She played it weekly in a senior citizen "fun band". I pick it up occasionally and play it for a few minutes. I have ...
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Overblown octaves on a tenor recorder

I have a brand new Aulos 511 tenor recorder and can achieve perfect overblown octaves without changing my fingering, just adjusting the position of my tongue and directing the stream of air. Why are ...
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Can convert RCA to USB?

I have Boss BR 600 recorder and this device have 2 RCA line out. Is a way to connect this line out to USB for sound quality? Thanks
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Which is more affordable and easier to maintain a harmonica or a recorder?

I wanted to buy a harmonica or a recorder, as they are what i found interesting the most out of wind instruments.my budget is low at about 300 egyptian pounds, which is about20$. I have seen what ...
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How to play low b note on soprano recorder

is it possible to play low B (below middle C) on soprano recorder? If it is possible, how to play it? Do you have the chart? (hole) Thank you
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The low e note on my tenor recorder is sharp

I have been playing the alto recorder for a few years and am teaching myself to play the tenor. I have a Yamaha plastic tenor recorder. Whenever I play the low E note it always is sharp. The ...
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Correct fingering for soprano recorder

In the following diagram, is the fingering for Si 2 incorrect? Someone said it is not the real fingering, but an alternative with the wrong tuning. He also said that the Baroque fingering for high Do#...
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How important is it for the left hand to be nearest the mouth when playing tin whistle?

I was recently given a tin whistle as a gift. It's something I'd been interested in learning to play as a tiny step toward the (likely forlorn) hope that I might one day learn the Irish bagpipes. As ...
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How to play A5-B5-C6 sequence on descant recorder?

I'm a beginner at recorder and I'm having difficulty playing the sequence of notes A5-B5-C6, and this sequence comes up a lot! The basic fingerings are given as follows: A5: T12----- B5: T1------ C5:...
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Is there any recorder with same fingering as tin whistle/six hole bamboo flute?

Recently I bought a Hohner C-Soprano Baroque recorder, I love to play it. Unfortunately, unlike six hole bamboo flute or tin whistle, recorder fingering is somewhat different, especially while playing ...
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What are the technical measures of a tenor recorder?

A friend wants to make a tenor recorder from scratch (he is already a gaita maker), and asked me for the technical measures to do it, I searched through the web but couldn't found any complete ...
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