Originally published on dolphinmusic.co.uk Fri August 24, 2007 The recorder is a musical instrument of great antiquity. Like its cousin, the flute, it produces a high-pitched, breathy sound. It has a range of about two octaves, somewhat less than the flute. Recorders are not very loud and as a result are not used in orchestras or bands, but they are well suited to small groups and, especially, a any children's first musical instrument.
If you would like to order a selection of recorders, please speak to the PMT Education Department on 0151 448 2699 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to help you find the best solution for your needs and can provide a wide selection of Musical Equipment for Schools, Colleges & Universities.The recorder is an instrument that is quite easy to learn to play, although, like any other instrument, it takes practice to play it well. Fortunately, good recorder tutorial books are available and they are a great and practical way to learn the instrument, perfectly suited for the young pupils. But hopefully this guide will give you some useful tips to get started... Choosing a Recorder Recorders can be made out of plastic or wood. Plastic recorders are much cheaper than wooden ones. It is best to start with a plastic recorder. When you improve, you should buy a wooden recorder. It usually sounds better and is easier to play, but requires a little bit more looking after. Description of Your Recorder The recorder comes in a number of parts known as joints. There are normally three.
- The top part is the head joint. It's the one you blow into.
- The main body of the recorder with most of the finger holes is called the body joint.
- The bottom bit is called the foot joint. It has the last finger hole in it. It must be turned so that the hole is slightly to one side, not lined up with the other holes. Sometimes the body and foot are joined together as one piece.