Playing the recorder can be a goal that we can achieve. Like all musical instruments, it has a learning curve, but in the case of the recorder, it is not very steep. But you have to have the perseverance to learn to play this instrument well.
A recorder has eight holes and for it to sound, you have to cover the precise holes with your fingers. Each of the holes represents a musical note, so you have to know which note sounds in each case. Its shape is elongated, it has a nozzle at one end and a hole at the other.
When it is blown, the air will filter in different ways as we cover holes. It is best to start with the simplest model to learn to play the recorder. You are probably familiar with the bone-colored recorders that have been used in schools for years. This recorder is known as a recorder, we must start learning to play this type of recorder, and then move on to more complicated ones.
Without it, there will be no basis on which to base the knowledge to be able to play the recorder.
The staff is the canvas where the musical notes that we must learn go. The first thing you will see is the clef of the score. It can be in treble clef, re, mi, or any of the rest of the musical notes. In this case, the recorder generally uses the treble clef.
The compass will be expressed as a fraction and indicates the duration that the percussions must have. We will also find the notes placed in a drawing of five lines and four spaces. You need to learn where the treble clef notes are and place them on the lines and spaces of the staff.
At the top, we will find the sustained notes. In this case, you have to draw additional lines so that they can be represented. Later we must look at how a particular note is because they have its meaning. If it’s a quarter note, it’s a measure; if it is a half note, it is two measures and if it is the eighth note, it is a half note, for example.
Learning to read notes is not something that can be done in an hour, it requires patience, passion, and a lot of testing. Just by trying and trying, we will acquire the necessary knowledge. In time, we will be able to read the notes relatively simply. If we keep practicing, we will be able to interpret them faster and faster.
In the upper part of the recorder we will find seven holes and in the lower part one. The bottom one must always be covered and the rest of the holes represent the musical notes. The holes go from top to bottom in the same order as the notes.
To get the standard notes, we will have to gradually cover the holes. For the do, we will only cover the first one, but to sound the note fa, we will have to cover the hole of the do, re, mi and fa. Following this rule of three, we will already know how to make each musical note sound on the recorder when we play it. The sharps are carried out by uncovering the bottom hole a little, but it is more complex.
When you know how to interpret the staff, recognize the notes and play them, it’s time to start playing. Experts insist on the importance of carrying out these steps before launching into practice. They recognize that starting by playing first is a big mistake that can lead to flaws and mana.
In addition, seeing that it is not done well (due to lack of knowledge) it is easy for frustration to appear and lower our self-esteem. Modern psychology warns us that we should not demand too much of ourselves.
The best advice is to start with the easiest, with simple themes, basic notes, and no sharps as the different self-help treatises indicate. The music themes for the recorder that we can find in children’s music books are a good start. They are beginner level and will be of great help when we are taking our first steps. We should not feel bad if we use this kind of books, because we too will learn like children. In this way, we will do it more easily.
Who knows if one day we will be able to play in the presence of an audience, as speaking in an auditorium can be a fearsome exercise, but we can achieve it by practicing.
It is of little use to practice only once a week or every ten days. If you want to learn to play the recorder, remember everything you have learned so far and work hard. It doesn’t have to be every day for hours on end, but an hour or two a day will suffice. In this way, you will learn more quickly and progressively.
Easy topics will give way to more complex ones, being the correct way to learn. Finger placement should be practiced well to avoid notes being out of tune. In addition, it also serves to be able to play the correct measure that we can read in the score.
Another aspect of great importance is to listen to the original theme that you are interpreting. This way you will have a reference to guide you. An important recommendation is to play only the same song until it is completely learned. When it’s played without a problem, with all the correct notes, you can move on to another song.