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How to play ALL the notes on the recorder! | Team Recorder

Hello everybody. I’m Sarah and I’m a recorder player Now over here at Team Recorder I do a lot of videos that have advanced techniques or they go very In-depth and we really go into things that you can get your teeth into but I also want this channel to be totally accessible for people who might have just picked up the instrument hence this video how to play all the notes on the recorder *recorder playing* But I am going to show All the notes so whether you’ve just started or you’ve been playing for a few years And you want to know how to play that top, top, top A-flat there is something in this video for you Did you know the recorder is Completely chromatic and it can play nearly three octaves of range We tend to think of the recorder of having a small limited range, but that’s just not true And I’m going to show you all of that I’m going to show it first on the soprano recorder this works also for tenor Then I’m going to show it again on the alto recorder this also works for sopranino, and I’m going to have my handy Laptop screen next to me showing how the note is written down with every note I’m also going to put the kind of code I use as a fingering system the thumb that you close the back whole with is 0 Then you have finger 1 2 3 and then on your right hand 4 5 6 7 The hole at the end of your recorder is number 8 if the number is written down It should be closed if it’s not written down It should be open and if it has a little line (-) after it it should be half open This is especially common for the thumb or for the double holes at the bottom so for example on the soprano F-sharp will be 0 1 2 3 5 6 4 and 7 are open And the last thing this is a lot of notes imagine you want to look up one specific note and you don’t want to sit through this whole fascinating video I am planning to take the time to put the links to every note down in the description below, so don’t forget to check that out *music* Starting with the soprano recorder The lowest note on the soprano is C It is notated like this But it’s worth knowing that the soprano recorder sounds an octave higher than it’s notated We don’t notate at pitch because then it would look really really high on the music and be confusing.Let’s get into it C all holes covered C sharp or D flat all holes covered but the little finger is open halfway remember that, that stripe D D sharp E flat E F F-sharp G flat G G sharp A flat A A Sharp more commonly known as B flat B C C-sharp D flat Without the thumb D D sharp or E Flat, my favorite note And from here, we’re pinching the back hole so it’s open halfway E F F-sharp G flat G G-sharp a flat bit of a tricky one A A sharp, B-flat And depending on your recorder, you might not need your little finger B C Now we’re getting to the exciting bit Remember the hole at the end of your recorder you can cover this with your leg, hole number eight C sharp D flat D D D sharp E flat Again, depending on your recorder you might not need your right hand fingers E F F Sharp Annnd G *RIP recorder players* Yes it is possible to go higher, but ermmm Those notes are a bit more experimental I think this is high enough and just to say that is we have the low B Close all the holes on the recorder and then half at the bottom hole with your knee Whoo-hoo-hoo let’s do that all again with the alto recorder Now the reason I’m doing this again with the alto is because it’s in the key of F instead of C, and we read the music differently Recorder players very clever, so you use the same finger rings but then a different note comes out Starting at the bottom the low F, the sounding pitch.This is all the holes covered F-sharp or G-flat G G sharp or A flat A A Sharp or B flat B C C sharp or D flat D D sharp or E flat A nice easy one, E F F Sharp or G flat G, no thumb G sharp or A flat From now on the thumb hole will be around half open A Sharp or B flat B C C sharp or D flat, bit of a tricky note D D sharp or E flat Little finger optional depending on the tuning of your instrument E Oh, I’ll do that one again F Again, we’re getting into that part of our recorder where we close hole number eight with our knee starting with the F sharp G Flat G G sharp or A flat Maybe you need to tune this with some fingers from the right hand A A Sharp or B flat B And C, and if you’re still following all of these ledger lines you are a genius And yes, we’re going to go all the way back down To our nice low E, which is everything covered and then half of the bottom hole with your knee Haha, so as you can see we have easily covered a range of two octaves and a sixth, with a bit of Experimenting and some heart blowing.I think you can get around three octaves, not bad for an instrument that people see as “limited” And the great and wonderful and terrible thing about the recorder is that every single note can be played in multiple different ways Here, I have chosen to give the most common ones so if you’ve learnt a different B-flat for example Don’t worry yours is probably still valid So Team Recorder, I hope that this video is a helpful resource for you Anytime you’re playing some new piece, and you’re thinking. OMG. How did I play that note again? Last week, I brought up the idea of the video on tuning and you were all extremely enthusiastic So yes my tuning video will be coming next week If you have been enjoying Team Recorder Did you know you can choose to support the channel on patreon? I really want my channel to be free and open and accessible for everybody So only support the channel if it’s something you’re able to do and you want to do But that will be really nice As always you can subscribe to my channel by clicking On my small face down here in the recorder The link to my patreon page is up here And over here, I’m going to put a link to….To, my improvisation challenge video because that was so much fun to make and I always forget it exists Thanks for watching Team Recorder and have a lovely day Bye.




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