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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryShone View Post
    This is Ode to Joy on the Alto. No sheet music I just guessed the notes (I've played it on piano countless times)
    One of the nice things about the recorder is that it is pretty easy to play things by ear. I am currently trying to do it on guitar, and even simple tunes are a nightmare compared to doing them on recorder. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryShone View Post
    The thing is, should it be wood, or plastic?
    I have both plastic and wood recorders, but greatly prefer to play the plastic ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76Trombones View Post
    I have both plastic and wood recorders, but greatly prefer to play the plastic ones.
    I do hope Larry read this, welcome to Talk Classical .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I do hope Larry read this, welcome to Talk Classical .
    Yes I'm here. A lot has happened since I began recorder. Ive realised a good plastic recorder is better than a cheap wooden one. A good wooden recorder, especially an alto or tenor, can cost hundreds of pounds/dollars. But I was gifted a Yamaha alto which retails around about £40/$70. And its is a superb instrument. So easy to play and much easier to handle than a soprano/descant. I think that any adult taking up recorderfor the first time should start with the alto. It fits adult's finger much better and its easier to half hole/cross finger.
    I'm playing the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryShone View Post
    This is Ode to Joy on the Alto. No sheet music I just guessed the notes (I've played it on piano countless times)
    I was waiting for a snake to come out a of a basket...

    Just kidding. The recorder is a great sounding instrument. I used to play it at school. It's very popular here in the Netherlands with children and adults alike; the charity shops are heaving with old recorder sheet music and even instruments. They always turn up during the 'Festival Oudmuziek' in the summer.

    There is a recorder maker/retailer very close to me here called AAFAB (catchy name!) and they make all kinds of sizes. Sometimes I've wandered in and people are trying them out. I saw a young Chinese lad playing a wooden keyed one which had a lovely tone. I don't know the benefits of wood vs plastic, but I've never heard a bad wooden one.

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    My favourite thing about recorders is playing a top F# on a treble/alto using the right knee to partially close the pipe. At least you can do that; on a descant or tenor top C# is pretty much impossible.

    That, and in high school I was a member of a recorder group called All Wind and Bliss. There were 5 of us, we borrowed wooden instruments from somewhere or other, and won a competition playing Handel's Fireworks music, the score of which I had shoplifted from Theo's.

    True story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneonagain View Post
    I was waiting for a snake to come out a of a basket...

    Just kidding. The recorder is a great sounding instrument. I used to play it at school. It's very popular here in the Netherlands with children and adults alike; the charity shops are heaving with old recorder sheet music and even instruments. They always turn up during the 'Festival Oudmuziek' in the summer.

    There is a recorder maker/retailer very close to me here called AAFAB (catchy name!) and they make all kinds of sizes. Sometimes I've wandered in and people are trying them out. I saw a young Chinese lad playing a wooden keyed one which had a lovely tone. I don't know the benefits of wood vs plastic, but I've never heard a bad wooden one.
    From what I've heard from a recorder group a plastic recorder is better than a cheap wooden one. And I can understand that.
    I'm playing the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryShone View Post
    From what I've heard from a recorder group a plastic recorder is better than a cheap wooden one. And I can understand that.
    What about a cheap plastic recorder versus a cheap wooden one?

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    Well plastic ones are very cheap anyway, especially the descant size! A £10 recorder would I imagine be way way better than a £10 wooden one!
    I'm playing the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!

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    My favorite (these days) is Lucie Horsch. I love her "furioso" style of playing! She is all in every note every phrase every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    My favorite (these days) is Lucie Horsch. I love her "furioso" style of playing! She is all in every note every phrase every time.

    Is that a soprano she's using there? The piece is usually played on sopranino, which gets simply unbearably shrill after a minute or two. Better on the soprano, though I would actually prefer an alto.

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