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Thread #94923   Message #1844649
Posted By: Rumncoke
27-Sep-06 - 08:29 PM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
I have a small collection of recorders, and never did understand why
it is often stated that they require two different fingerings - but I have a very little understanding of music.

As far as I can see the fingering is exactly the same on all recorders, as long as you learn all of them and not just the ones at the begining of the book. Once you know all of the fingerings then you can play anything - or at least that has been my experience.

You do need to have different sizes if you want to play along with other people as they might pitch a tune so it goes too high or low for a particular recorder, but other than that, there seem to be few problems.

I have the wooden descant recorder I bought for school about 50 years ago, despite accidents such leaving it on the back shelf of a car in the heat so all the varnish lifted off as the wax oozed out of the wood, it has a sweet sound.

I only take plastic recorders out of the house. I lost the end of one recorder and had the keys of another damaged when someone tried to drag them out of my bag, so I am rather more careful these days and only carry them conceiled.

I play by ear, and practise tunes moving the starting note up and down as then it is not difficult to use all the fingerings from the back of the second book, if necessary, with no bother except for people asking 'what key is it?' and I can only shrug.

Dolmetsch used to have a website with information on playing recorders - I found it some years ago. If it is still there it is useful.