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A question [Jan. 17th, 2009|09:22 pm]



I'm not a newbie to the recorder world -- there's been at least one in my house for as long as I can remember. However, I'm considering finally learning how to play, since my father isn't interested in his any more, and I hate to see musical instruments that have been in the family for a while just abandoned...(yes, I also have a house full of pets!)

My question is: how "experienced" a player were you when you started playing baroque and/or renaissance music? Eventually I am going to graduate my middle-aged self from college in May, and am considering finally getting actively involved in the SCA. Since my primary instrument (anglo concertina) did not exist until 1830, so I was considering something a little more "period."

And there just happen to be all these soprano and alto recorders in need of a good home...


[User Picture]From: aloria
2009-01-18 05:44 am (UTC)
Yay for learning recorder, you should definitely do it. :D

In answer to your question, it depends what you mean by playing baroque music. There are a lot of really elementary baroque music books out there. I have Songs and Dances of the Middle Ages (ok, that's earlier than what you're asking about) and a few others. It seems like every time I look in the recorder sheet music section of a music store there are tons of books like that. I imagine that if you are already familiar with music, you could teach yourself recorder with just a fingering chart and one of those books, they're that simple.

Unfortunately I don't know anything about SCA, but I have played in chamber music groups before. I had been playing recorder on and off for a few years before I got involved, but I imagine a few months of consistent practicing would be enough experience for a low level chamber group.

Also, each big city should have some sort of recorder or chamber music group that accepts people of all levels, so you could try looking that up.
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[User Picture]From: caged_liberty
2009-01-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
I had been playing for about four years when I started playing harder pieces like that, it was so rewarding.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-18 05:49 pm (UTC)
I went straight from The Recorder Guide to Handel sonatas (on alto) and the Van Eyke books (on soprano). With Van Eyke, they are themes and variations, so you can just do the theme and first variation if the later variations are hard...

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[User Picture]From: recordersmith
2009-01-18 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry, wasnt loggen in for some reason so it made me anonymous..
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[User Picture]From: lsur
2009-01-19 10:49 am (UTC)
I would just play the easier stuff and work up, so to speak. Authenticity is a big topic for early music and it would be a pity not to play simply because you didn't want to start a trill on the wrong note. I don't suppose people in that time bothered too much about the finer points. Plus, improvisation was a part of playing then, and that would include ornaments. So, add what you feel like as you go along.
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