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Thread #94923   Message #1842701
Posted By: GUEST,Jack Campin
25-Sep-06 - 06:19 AM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
Tom Bliss is in a very small minority if he finds a melodica immediately intuitive. The fingering of the black-keys-on-the-left, white-on-the-right type is like nothing else and the piano keyboard type is no easier than a piano. The single reed sound is pretty harsh. They can work well as a chordal instrument, for reggae or (the way David McGuinness uses it) for Scottish music, but that means learning how to finger chords, and I can't think of any player who makes them sound good for tunes.

Many people can't get single notes out of a mouth organ. I can't, my lips just don't work that way. For us, it's an anatomical non-starter as a tune instrument.