Recorder Basics

The recorder is one of the instruments that many people are familiar with. This instrument is also one of the most popular because it is very easy to learn how to play it so many schools with music education programs teach students how to play this instrument because even the beginners with little to no musical background can learn the very basics of how to play the recorder in just a few hours.

It is easy to learn how to play the recorder once you get to master the three techniques in producing a sound. The first technique that many beginners learn is how to correctly blow air into the mouthpiece. The force or pressure caused the air you blow into it can change the pitch of the sound you will hear coming out of it.

You can produce the different notes from the recorder depending on what tone holes that you cover and how you cover them while playing. The fingering techniques are quite easy to learn because all of your fingers are numbered and has a specific tone hole to cover. The thumbs are used to support the recorder from below. The left thumb covers the tone hole at the bottom as well.

The tonguing technique helps separate the notes. It helps in letting the listeners know the clear beginning or end of each note that you produce.

The Golden Rule
It is important to note that whatever your dominant hand is, it should always be your left hand that is on top. The first three holes are to be covered by the fingers from your left hand. The rest will be covered by the right hand.

The Right Recorder
If you are a beginner, music education experts suggest that you start with a plastic one because they are modelled after museum instruments and generally sound better than the low-end wooden ones. But as you progress and get better, they suggest that you consider buying the higher-end wooden recorders. Also, you would have a choice what type of recorder you would want to play – soprano or alto.