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Thread #94923   Message #1846989
Posted By: Tootler
30-Sep-06 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
Equally it is possible to do flute/whistle style decoration on a recorder. You have to experiment a bit and problems come at different places. You can do a roll on low D because of the bottom C but a roll on high D is difficult. I have not worked out a satisfactory solution yet.

I tend to tongue a lot with the recorder and for the most part it works fine, though I am put in more cuts and strikes than I did, especially with slower tunes as it makes for variety.

I was at a workshop run by Cathal McConnell of Boys of the Lough a couple of years back and some asked about the issue of tonguing. He proceeded to play a tune on the whistle where he tongued most notes and said he knew someone who played like that. He said that was fine if that's your style. There are no hard and fast rules.

At Folkworks summer school this year a very good point was made that if you wish to tongue that's fine, but if are are able to use decoration, taps cuts and rolls etc. then you have the choices available and are in a much better position to develop an individual style.

What approach do others take to the use of decoration on the recorder? It would be interesting to know.

BTW, the anonymous Guest post two above this one was me. My cookie had vanished and I didn't notice.