Re: Welcome to the new Recorder Forum 09:46 on Tuesday, September 24, 2002
I`m just starting to play the descant recorder and was wondering if anyone had tips on how to make the music sound smoother, especially when you get to the higher notes, it seems like there is room for a lot of squealing! Thanks
Re: Welcome to the new Recorder Forum 10:48 on Thursday, September 26, 2002
hiya! I`ve been playing recorder for 7 years now.. and to asnwer your question, you have to practice and find out how hard to blow for each note. The higher notes, especially pinch notes require you to blow harder, or else they`ll go flat. For lower notes like low E (descant), they sound best when you blow more softly.
You must also be careful with your tongueing. Beginners are usually told to say "doo doo doo" or "tee tee tee" into the recorder, but for smoothness, you should move your tongue further back in your mouth and tongue more gently. I played the recorder part in "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins, and this illustrates the smoothness very well. (it IS a recorder, by the way)
Re: Welcome to the new Recorder Forum 02:57 on Sunday, December 01, 2002
Sorry, don`t know any begginer pieces. I watched that really good recorder player, in Melbourne (forgotten her name) play the piece `breathless` - a german composer wrote it and you had to play seven different recorders, sometimes two at a time, both in your mouth! it was pages and pages long and she had to have four music stands to hold the music up, it was quite a site!
Re: Welcome to the new Recorder Forum 08:24 on Friday, January 03, 2003
Argh! I really want to hear a performance of "breathless"!! I`ve found the composer: "Eggert". And it says its for 3 recorders, S,A,A. I envy you so much! But... how do you play 2 recorders at once? if you put 2 in your mouth.. you still need 2 hands for each recorder.. right? So, if you put 1 hand on each, you`re limited to about 6 notes only for each instrument. *puzzled*