Recorder Songs – Reading Music

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional recorder player and teacher Vicki Boeckman introduces the middle D on the soprano recorder and helps you learn to play the American folk song ‘See Me Cross the Water’ using six notes G A B E D and middle D.

    [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. So today, we are going to learn 'See me Cross the Water'. So far we have a learned a pentatonic scale B, A, G, E, and D and now we are going to learn the middle D. So you will need to take off all of your fingers and just have this one finger left, we are going to balance on our lower lip, hold with the thumb in the back and have kind of the balancing act between these three points. So we have our lower lip, our middle finger of our left hand and the thumb of our right hand. And these three points will actually balance the instrument for you. So it shouldn't feel like it's going to fall. So let's just try playing a few notes on this middle D. [Music]So now I am going to play 16th notes and there are four to a beat. Let's go back and forth from this note D so that your fingers get use to that pattern. So let's go from D to A. [Music]Back and forth and now let's do B to D. And now listen to the articulation of those 16th notes. So there are four 16th notes for every quarter and they are going to sound like this. [Music]Now let's try 16th and 8th notes. [Music]Try that on a B. [Music]So I have a continuous air flow and I am thinking inside my mouth -- okay. And now listen to the song one more time. [Music]And that was See Me Cross the Water in 2/4 and now you have learned another simple song on the recorder.