Questions tagged [recorder]

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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Curved v. straight windway

Besides physical structure, what is the difference between a curved and a straight windway in a recorder? I understand that a curved windway increases air resistance, but how does the sound quality ...
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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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How can I play my new tenor recorder (a'=440) along with someone playing a harpsichord (a'=415)?

From an article I read online, I believe I've understood that it's possible to treat the middle C (fingers covering all holes) on the tenor as if it were a D flat, and all higher notes on the ...
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Why do wooden woodwinds sound better than plastic?

With clarinet, recorders, and I presume oboe's also - it's common for beginner instruments to be made out of plastic/hard rubber, and more high quality instruments to be made from wood. This seems to ...
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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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Learn the alto recorder

My daughter learns the violin and I had recorder lessons as a kid (maybe two years). I know how to read music and play simple pieces on the soprano recorder. I would like to play together with my ...
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Is it possible to play a low A on a recorder

I know this is a ridiculous question, but thought I'd ask anyways since I saw an article on wikihow for a low B. http://www.ehow.com/how_5210357_play-low-recorder.html I need a lower A than the one ...
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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 ...