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Tricky fingering [Jan. 21st, 2008|04:03 pm]
Is it just me, or is the "cover up to the 7th hole but uncover the 5th hole with your middle finger" fingering to play F on tenor recorder really unergonomic??

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From: ex_sonjaaa
2008-01-21 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's the sheer length of the instrument that I find unergonomic.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2008-01-21 10:56 pm (UTC)
And on the descant too.
I learned as a child with the little finger up, which sounds fine on some recorders and *ghastly* on others. So now I have to retrain myself (many many years later) to do it properly. Gah.
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[User Picture]From: catskillmarina
2008-01-21 11:21 pm (UTC)
We don't like the sound of that fork very much whether it is on descant tenor or BASS. It's a compromise that makes few really happy.

---- MT
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[User Picture]From: recordersmith
2008-01-22 01:36 pm (UTC)
I think the tenor is the hardest recorder to play because of that stretch. I find even the great bass and contrabass easier on the right hand (generally because they're keyed). I recently bought a LiVirghi Praetorius tenor, which is the most difficult reach I've seen. It's a single piece of wood, so you dont get to rotate the bottom to find a good spot, and the holes are wider apart then any other tenor I've played. I do find that with easy stretching exercises, it's getting better. And in fact the place I really need the stretch is between the index and middle finger, rather than the pinky, if I place my hand a little lower than is intuitive it works better. After a bunch of stretching work, now if I put my hands together and spread the fingers, my right hand stretch is about half an inch wider than my left. So I think that's progress. I sit on the train and massage and stretch my hands without the instrument around, I think that is important if you are working on this--work on the flexibility without the instrument.

Lucky for me, though, Praetorius fingerings for the F have the pinky up. And for the high F you have to leak the next finger as well. Every instrument has it's own tuning quirks. Always fun.

My current fingering/tuning hell is the Praetorius G-alto, which has the high C fork (same fingering as the tenor high F) with leaking to get it in tune, and the high B-flat, which has the same hole leaked, but by a different amount, and it's picky. So keeping those two notes in tune is a pain. Time to go back and do a lot of long tone scales up there with my tuner. At least now I have a tuner that will do meantone tunings, so I'm happy about that.
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From: ex_sonjaaa
2008-01-22 09:03 pm (UTC)
Is there a brand of great bass that you recommend for easy to play and great sound and relatively affordable?
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[User Picture]From: recordersmith
2008-02-01 06:07 pm (UTC)
I dont know much about the brands out there. It seems to me that Kung makes something reasonable, and Paetzold makes the weird square ones that have a surprisingly good sound, and Yamaha might actually make one at this point. I've been playing someone else's which I think is either a von Huene or a LiVirghi, which would be off the easily affordable scale.
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