How to Play the Recorder (UK Edition)
Lisete da Silva
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Learn how to play the recorder with this colourful step-by-step guide
How to Play the Recorder is a highly visual and user-friendly guide for anyone learning to play the recorder on their own, but also a perfect companion to recorder lessons.
From the very basics of music to more challenging music and playing duets How to Play the Recorder is the perfect companion for anyone learning how to play the recorder. Notes are clearly introduced at appropriate stages with specially selected musical pieces that provide content and a sense of achievement. Lots of hints and tips are scattered throughout for extra guidance and encouragement.
recorder The recorder family is one of the biggest instrument families. There are ten different sizes. The bigger they get, the lower the sound they make. With big recorders, special keys help to cover the holes the player can’t reach Bass Great bass Timeline Did you know the recorder is one of the oldest instruments in the world? It has been played ever since cave people were around. Henry VIII Cave people Prehistoric people made recorders out of bits of bone. 8 While he was King of
properly. Check the holes you should be covering one by one, making sure no air is escaping. Don’t forget to check the back hole too! Try it out Practise playing the note G in the first exercise. In the second piece get used to moving your fingers between G and A. G G G G G Play the first G for two beats G G G G The repeat sign means go back to the beginning G G G G This piece begins with the note A Fais Dodo This piece of music is an old French lullaby. “Fais dodo” means “go to
funny, check that your third finger is covering both holes completely. Can you feel both holes with your finger? If you can’t then air might be escaping. Try it out Get used to the feel of playing low D with these two exercises. Pay particular attention to the double hole. D Go up and down with the third finger of your right hand, getting used to the finger movement D D D D D D D D You have to play low D for longer here – make sure no air escapes It’s not a good idea to eat and play
book. It sounds slightly higher than F, but slightly lower than G (the note above F). Finger positions Start by playing the note low D. Then lift the first finger on your right hand. This is F#. Uncover this hole to turn low D into F# Make sure any fingers not being used hover just above the holes. Musical note The note F# is written on the fourth space on the stave. It has a sharp symbol in front of it. Dog hand-shape Try it out Practise F# with these see-saw exercises. Don’t forget to
means “go to higher, lower, Accidentals Sharps, flats, and naturals tell you when to play a note slightly higher G or lowerGthan usual. They appear next to the treble clef or before the note. Musical note G is easy to remember, because it is on the line in the middle of the treble clef swirl. G G Learn how to play the note F# (F sharp) on pages 46-47. Sharps Flats Naturals This symbol means play the note higher than normal, but lower than the note above. This symbol means play the note