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New here [Nov. 7th, 2007|08:25 pm]


I played recorder in elementary school and now, 30 years later, I've decided to take it up again. I remember a lot more than I thought I would! The challenge seems to be in re-learning how to read music. I bought a Yamaha 302 series soprano, and depending on how the re-learning process goes, will probably buy an alto also. Can anyone recommend some easy beginner music?

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Tenor recorder... how to play? [May. 14th, 2007|11:06 pm]
I picked up an Aulos 511 tenor recorder. I'm having trouble holding it properly to cover all the holes, though. The holes are very far apart. Is there a trick or hand position that's preferred? Am I supposed to spread my fingers open really wide or distort my hand in some way to reach them?

Also some notes tend to squeak on onset, so I have to play them more gently, but then they seem a bit flat on my Korg tuner. I have to play them stronger for them to be on tune and not too flat.

Any tips?

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Funny tutorial for recorder learning [Apr. 12th, 2007|12:24 pm]

[mood |hopefulhopeful]

Hi, friends!
I've written a simple funny book for recorder learning. Even if you don't know notes well, you can use it.
For a pity, now it's only in russian. Can somebody translate it into english or check my own translation?
You can download the book from here.

If you like the book, please help me to print it. If it wins in voting, it will be printed free.
Vote for the book here.
Just write "№26, kitchy_witchy" and post comment.
Thank you!!!

If you're interested in notes for recorder, welcome to my archive :)

The cover of the book is under cut
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2007|08:45 pm]

Hi. I would like to buy a recorder and am not sure which kind to buy. I was looking at these two:


Other than color and price, I don't see much of a difference. The first doesn't have a pic, but it is all white. Help? I'm not looking for anything too fancy, but figured for $30-ish dollars I could get a decent little starter piece. Other suggestions?

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Where to buy a recorder in New York? [Dec. 26th, 2006|03:11 pm]


I want to buy a good wooden recorder, and I don't really want to buy it online (want to touch it first, feel it etc.) Does anybody know good stores that sell musical instruments, around New York or Philadelphia? (I live in New Jersey). Thanks a lot.
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thinking ahead [Dec. 12th, 2006|12:29 pm]

I am mostly a keyboard player these days, and this spring I will be the proud owner of a new harpsichord (a copy of an English instrument dated 1709) which will live at A=415 without a transposing keyboard. So - If I want to ever play recorder with my own harpsichord, I need a treble at that pitch.

Does anyone make an inexpensive treble/alto at A=415? I am not a professional recorder player, and I do not need a concert quality instrument that costs several thousand dollars. Any thoughts?
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Oboist with a question [Nov. 29th, 2006|03:15 pm]


I recently was thrown into the wonderful world of tenor recorder...let me explain! Up until a month ago, I was a freelance oboist doing the traditional oboist thing (teaching, playing in orchestras ans performing with my quintet), but I got this pop gig with Cavalia and have to play tenor recorder. A friend of mine loaned me her's but it won't be for ever.

So here is my question. I'm currently performing in Las Vegas. Are there any recorder dealers in Nevada? is it worth buying a recorder here? Am I just better off waiting for a few months until we play in Amsterdam, aka baroque musician's heaven?

Any input/tips are welcome


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Música para Flauta de Pico [Oct. 24th, 2006|01:24 am]


¿Alguien más habla/escribe en español?

Soy de México y toco la flauta de pico de manera "amateur" (aunque estudié un par de años en el Escuela Nacional de Música y recibí algunos consejos de Denia Díaz, horacio Franco y de los alumnos de María Diez-Canedo).

Aqui el problema es conseguir música y formar los ensambles ... ah, y conseguir las flautas ...

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Need Buying Advice [Oct. 11th, 2006|04:22 pm]

I'm hoping you guys can help me. For years I've been playing an old Concerto soprano recorder that my dad bought in college (it's descent enough, but nothing fancy), and it's well past time I bought a good recorder.

Here's my dilemma: I'd been thinking about getting a soprano rosewood Rottenburgh for awhile, but then I listened to a short recording online of a rosewood recorder, and it sounded... well... piercing and annoying. Is this what is meant by rosewood being "bright"? Has anyone else found the sound annoying or was it just the recording I listened to? I usually use my recorder for playing in a small college church service with one singer, so I was thinking I'd want a harder wood since I'm a soloist. But I'm not putting on a performance either, so would a softer wood be better? Any input would be appreciated.

Also, does anyone have a personal favorite model to recommend? (I've been considering a Moeck Rottenburgh, Coolsma Conservatorium, or Mollenhauer Denner just based on stuff I've found online, any thoughts on these?)

Thanks so much!
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(no subject) [Jul. 28th, 2006|08:41 pm]

Hi all, I don't have a recorder collection at all but I thought I would introduce myself.  I am an amateur recorder player.  I've always liked the Baroque and I played clarinet in high school, so when I went to join the Baroque Orchestra at my university (UVA) I was put on recorder because it was the only opening in the wind section... and I love it!  I've only been playing for a year so when I say 'amateur' I really mean it.   I'm really glad this little group exists... 
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