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You are Going to Learn to Play the Recorder!

Mrs. Wedeman Orenda Elementary

Note to students:
This presentation was designed to help you learn to play the recorder. You move through the lesson by clicking the mouse to move from slide to slide. Click on the symbol to play sound clips. Take your time to read and practice each slide. You should be able to play a song on the recorder when you finish this lesson.

This is a recorder.

This is a halo holder that you have on your recorder. You will start karate recorder in fourth grade and earn new string colors. For now, its red.

Your Recorder Comes with a cleaner.

We dont use the cleaners in my room. You may use it at home with a small rag to clean out the inside of your recorder. You may also put your plastic recorder in the dishwasher. It does a good job of cleaning it without using the rod. RECORDERS NEED TO BE CLEANED ONCE A MONTH AND AFTER YOUVE BEEN SICK.

The Recorder has been around for a long time.

The recorder was very popular in Europe in the 1500s and 1600s. It was then almost forgotten until the early 1900s, when instrument maker Arnold Dolmetsch became interested in it. Through an accident his recorder was lost. Luckily, he had taken careful measurements and based a new instrument on the old design. This was the beginning of a revival for the recorder. 1

Taken from the Kingfisher Young Peoples Book of Music 1996

This is a little rhyme to help you learn how to hold the recorder.
The recorder in your right hand is where we will begin...

Be sure to hold the bottom and move it to your chin

With your left hand give a thumbs up.

On the back it must go.

with 1 its B

with 2 its A

with 3 its G you know!

Proper Hold
This is the proper way to hold the recorder.

This is too high.

This is too low

Cover the Holes Completely

It is important to completely cover the hole with your finger! If you dont, air will escape and you will squeak.

This hole is completely covered and no air can escape.

This hole has a small place where air is escaping.

If you are covering the holes correctly you will see small round bubbles on your fingers.

Proper sound production

There is a correct way to blow into a recorder. First, you should blow GENTLY. Think about blowing bubbles. You should start and stop the sound with your tongue. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your teeth. The sound should start and stop there. Think of saying too when you play but be careful not to vocalize the sound and end up saying it out loud. Listen to this sound produced correctly. Listen to this sound that is not produced correctly. Can you hear the difference?

Music is written on the Staff

This is a staff

This is a Treble clef or G clef

For the recorder we play in the Treble Clef

The staff is made up of five lines

These lines are labeled E G B D F

We use many silly sentences to remember these: Every good boy deserves fudge Empty garbage before Dad flips. but Mrs. Wedeman likes Ernie Gave Bert Dead Fish

The staff has four spaces.

These space notes are labeled F A C E

For the first song on the recorder we will use:

This is a B on the recorder.

This is a B on the Staff.

Play four short Bs. It should sound like this.

This is an A on the recorder.

This is an A on the Staff.

Play four short As. It should sound like this.

This is a G on the recorder.

This is a G on the Staff.

Play four short Gs. It should sound like this.

Now Play B-A-G

The pattern we are going to play is quarter, quarter, half note or ta, ta, half note. It sounds like this: On the staff it looks like this:

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Repeat that phrase.

A phrase is a musical sentence.
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Now for the third phrase.

We will play four gs, then four as. These notes are eight notes and we count them ti-ti-ti-ti ti-titi-ti. It will sound like this:

And it will look like this:

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Play the fourth phrase

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You just played your first song!

The song is HOT CROSS BUNS and the whole thing looks like this: Click here to hear the whole song:
Hot cross buns!




One a

pen - ny,

two a

pen- ny,

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Practice this until you can play it!







One a

pen - ny,

two a

pen- ny,

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Now lets review what youve learned.

Staff This is called a _______ A staff is made up of _____ lines. 5

This is called a Treble clef __________ This note is a _____ B This note is a _____ A This note is a _____ G

A phrase is ________________ a musical sentence

Review the notes on the recorder

Three fingers and the thumb play what note? ______ G

Two fingers and the thumb play what A note? ______

One finger and the thumb Play what note? ______ B

You have learned a lot!
Now you can go play your song for your teacher and you are ready to really get started with the recorder!