How to Play Songs on the Recorder

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, professional recorder player and teacher Vicki Boeckman helps you learn how to play five simple American songs on the recorder. The video is designed for beginning recorder players, both adults and children. It is recommended that the video How to Play the Recorder is watched so that the learner understands the basics of playing the instrument. This video includes an overview of basic note values and articulation. The pentatonic scale and the D major scale and other notes are demonstrated. With this foundation, hundreds of songs can now be played!

    [Music]Vicki Boeckman: Hi! I am Vicki Boeckman with the American Recorder Society. In this series, I am going to help you learn how to play simple songs on the Recorder. I will show you some basic note values, and rhythms. You will learn a couple of different scales or parts of scales, plus I will show you how to articulate or tongue on the recorder.

    One of the important things to remember when playing on the recorder is that we want to the air flow to be continuous at all times. We want to strive for a beautiful tone with lots of support, even when we use our tongues. So let me demonstrate the difference an even airflow, and a choppy airflow. So the song that I just played. [Music]That was with a smooth air flow and here is what a choppy airflow.

    [Music]The other thing that's important to remember is to be as relaxed and natural as possible. So if you are sitting, you want to find a chair that's comfortable and that's the right height for you. If you are standing, you want to stand so that you have a good balance between both of your feet but you are not kind of leaning over to one side. Bring the recorder up to your mouth; you want to have a nice, relaxed embrasure and no tension in the body whatsoever. So you don't have to read music in order to learn simple songs, but you do need to listen have a sense of rhythm so that you can imitate or learn by rote or repetition. Let's start with just a very simple pentatonic scale. I am going to start on the note B and then we are going to go down to A, G, E and D and our first song, we will be using those five notes. So here is B. [Music]And then practice going back up. [Music]So this first song is in the Time Signature called 4/4, very basic 1, 2, 3, 4.

    [Music]That was the first half and the second half is exactly the same. [Music]So that's your first simple song on the recorder.