Top 10 Recorder FAQ! | Team Recorder BASICS!

Top 10 Recorder FAQ! | Team Recorder BASICS!

September 18, 2019 39 By Kailee Schamberger


hello everybody I’m Sarah and I’m required to play welcome back to my series recorder basics where I help you to get started on the recorder after watching this series you will have a really good groundwork for being a regatta Blair I get a lot of questions from you guys and I thought it would be good to do a video on frequently asked questions for beginners there can be a lot when you’re just starting out and you think oh I don’t know about this how do I deal with that and I’m gonna help you with all of that I’ve made a list question 1 which size of recorder should you start with personally I would say start with the soprano or Alto or tenor higher or lower than that might be a little bit weird but between soprano alto and Tanna it’s completely up to you it’s worth noting that Sopranos and tenors are read in Si and Alto recorders are read in F so you do read the notes differently this could make a difference for you if for example you’ve already been playing another wind instrument go for the instrument that has the sound that speaks to you the most do you really need to put your left hand at the top I get a lot of people asking well I learnt with my right hand at the top or I’m left-handed does it matter I would say yes do put your left hand at the top to be honest the amount both of your fingers and hands move is quite equal so it doesn’t matter if you’re right or left handed recorders these days are ergonomically designed so it’s going to be much more comfortable if you put your left hand at the top historically there were a lot of recorders where you could put your hands either way round but today they’re really designed for left hand at the top people in mind if you’ve already been playing for 20 years with your right hand at the top don’t panic it’s not the end of the world but if you’re starting out let’s start off on the good foot or hand why is the recorder called a recorder now I don’t know if this is the the only one true reason the one I was studying one my colleagues was researching this and she found out that in Old English the verb to record not only means you know to note something down for posterity but also to teach a bird to sing and all of these noble men and women and important Kings and stuff they would have their very fancy birds and the more choose your bird could whistle the higher your status so these noble folk would employ people with recorders to teach tunes to these birds hence these little flutes becoming known as recorders because they were being used to teach these birds to sink I think that’s a lovely story if you know a different one I want to tell me that I’m wrong let me know German or Baroque fingering these are two different tuning and fingering systems used with recorders it’s basically to do with the size of the fifth hole the most recognizable trait is that the F on the rock system is like this and on the German system with just one finger like this in my honest opinion I would say always go with the Baroque system yes the F is slightly trickier but then you can get the rest of the notes in the full in tune chromatic range you’re not limited in terms of what instruments you buy in my opinion the Baroque system is just better what is the range of the recorder it is almost three octaves [Music] so you’re not really limited in terms of notes do I need a teacher this is a good one a couple of years ago I started singing lessons as a hobby and although I can sing however much I like around the house I really liked having somebody who gives me motivation inspiration who gives me feedback here’s technical things that I won’t hear myself and who actually brings me a lot further than I can on my own shout out to Michelle my teacher however it’s not mandatory maybe you prefer to figure things out on your own maybe there’s a financial element or practical there might not be teachers in your area so I would say if you’ve come to a point when you really feel like you’re stuck and you don’t know how to go further or that you’re losing motivation it could be worth looking for somebody who can give you lessons and another option than a steady fix teacher could be going to playing days or joining an ensemble or going on a summer course these can give you a little boost and injection of musical inspiration do I need to be able to read sheet music no it’s not essential a lot of people learn entirely by ear and a lot of people learn entirely from sheet music personally I like to combine both then you’re just there making two things strong your eyes and your ears but if you’ve never read sheet music before don’t worry you can of course always learn but if you’re someone that prefers to learn by ear by listening to things that’s also fine plastic versus wooden recorders it really depends there are a lot of great plastic instruments out on the market I’m sure you all have already seen my video reviewing plastic instruments and a good plastic recorder can be better than an old worn-out tired wooden recorder plastic instruments are brilliant for keeping clean for being able to take with you whether you want to play on the beach or whatever for being a bit more Hardy in terms temperature and humidity however I’ll be honest I’m a performer and a professional and a good wooden recorder will always give you a better sound and if you’re in the market for having a handmade one you can have it made exactly to your wishes and specifications obviously this comes with a price tag that plastic recorders don’t have how to practice different sizes at once I hear from a lot of you that say oh I play soprano and Alto antenna am beset and how do I combine this practicing you don’t have to keep them all going at the same time figure out what’s right for you maybe you feel like if you don’t keep something going then you forget it in that case and try and combine them maybe do ten minutes of each a day it could be the other way around maybe you get super confused if you’re trying to practice soprano and Alto on the same day so separate them this vague answer is basically it’s different for everybody and there’s no one right or wrong way so try and work out what is working best for you and the last question can i play mm-hmm on the recorder and by that I mean people say can I play jazz can I play pop or medieval or this composer or this band or this video game music come is that possible on the recorder the answer of course is yes you can play anything you like on the recorder first up the recorder has been around for centuries pretty much every genre of music has been played on it it’s a fantastic flexible virtuosic instrument so it is capable of playing all of these different styles and genres and at the end of the day it’s your choice don’t worry about what other people think if you really want to play this specific piece or song then go for it so there is one my most frequently asked questions I get for record of beginners please also leave your own questions answers opinions feedback below I love to read that too as always you can subscribe my channel by clicking on my face down here in the corner if you would like to support team recorder you can do that by heading to our patreon page and up here is a link to last week’s team recorded basics video thanks for watching and have a great day [Music]