Playing the Recorder – Articulation

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional recorder player and teacher Vicki Boeckman discusses basic articulation syllables and simple rhytmical patterns on the soprano recorder.

    Vicki Boeckman: Hi! I am Vicki Boeckman with the American Recorder Society. We are talking about how to play the Recorder and today, I am going to tell you about Articulation. So when we speak we strive to enunciate clearly so that others can understand us. When we play an instrument, we need to do the same thing. On a wind instrument such as the recorder is, we have to articulate with our tongues, with violin, it would be the bow and with piano it would be the finger tips. But on the wind instruments we do this with out tongues. I want to careful that I don't touch the recorder with my tongue, but I wanted to be as natural as possible. So I am actually going to say words or imagine that I am saying words just like I would speak my everyday language. So let's start by just saying a series of Tos and Dos, as if you had to say, well I have to do this or to do that. So to, to, to, to or do, do, do, do. And then hold your hand up and speak into your hand tos, to, to, to, to, to and then do, do, do, do, do. Feel the percussive difference between the tos and the dos. So now let's choose a note on the recorder something sort of neutral, let's take this A and do, tos. [Music]And listen for that the point that, the very point that your tongue hits right behind your teeth. [Music]So we don't want to stop the note, we just want to be aware of starting it. Okay and now do the same thing on do. [Music]It's a slight and a very subtle difference, it should sound and it should feel a little bit softer. Okay, so now try tos and dos together. [Music]And then try doing this rhythm, its going to be an 8th note into 16s. [Music]So remember to have a continuous flow of air. So we don't want to stop the air stream just because our tongue is coming out behind our teeth and pronouncing a syllable. Remember the low notes will take a very-very slow air speed, so if we blow too sharply, we won't get the right sound. So we need to relax but still have the action of the tongue. So practice these articulation patterns on all of the notes that you can. So it's good to start in the middle of the instrument, sort of around G, A or B. Let's do 16th notes on B. [Music]So remember to keep that even breath flow, continuous air stream and your tongue is going to hit right behind your teeth where you usually speak. [Music]And then try that on several different notes. [Music]Try this rhythm as well.

    [Music]So that was one 8th and two 16th. To, to do to, to do to, to do to, to do to, etc. So these tips will help you with articulation on the recorder.