Mudcat Café message #1841470 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94923   Message #1841470
Posted By: manitas_at_work
23-Sep-06 - 08:43 AM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
A descant should have much the same range as a D whistle but with an additional C natural at the bottom ie. 2 and a bit octaves. How big the bit is will depend on the quality of the instrument and how well you can play it. There are some weird and wonderful fingerings for therd octave some of which include the use of the thigh!

Theoretically you can play in any key as the fingering has been set for that purpose but in practice you will find it harder the further you get away around the circle of fifths from C because of the increasing use of cross fingerings. C, G, C, A, F and Bb would be perfectly easy to play but after that I think it gets uncomfortable although the good news is that 99% of British Isles folk tunes (and probably indeed European) would occur in those keys or their relative minors.