How to Play the Recorder

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional recorder player and teacher Vicki Boeckman describes the techniques necessary to learn to play the recorder.

    [Music Playing]Vicki Boeckman: Hi! I am Vicki Boeckman with the American Recorder Society. I am a professional recorder player and I have been teaching to students of all ages and abilities for about 30 years now.

    In this video series I am going to teach you how to play the recorder. We will go through the topics of choosing an instrument, learning to breathe efficiently, producing a good tone, learning some basic articulation patterns, learning a couple of scales and finally onto playing real pieces.

    The recorder is simple in design without reads or keys, and it's as close to the human voice as can be. It's a delightful instrument and in the beginning, relatively easy to learn. By following just a few simple instructions and experimenting on your own you will soon be on your way to playing all kinds of music.

    Before we get started, let me tell you a little bit about myself and about the American Recorders Society.

    I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. I had a great career there. I have recorded many CDs. I teach at workshops and seminars all over the United States and I have my home studio where I teach kids and adults. Plus, I teach at the music center of the North West in Seattle.

    The American Recorder Society started in 1939. There mission is to promote the recorder and its music. They provide resources and opportunities for everyone. There are chapters all across the United States and in Europe and in Canada. And you can find the people of the same interest to play with, you can go to the monthly meetings and you can find out about workshops and other interesting events.

    Okay, so let's get started learning how to play the recorder.