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Sunday, October 2, 2016

And then there were 3!

Yesterday I was sent a Yamaha Alto recorder, as a gift, and it's so nice sounding. Nicer than the soprano and much easier to play than the tenor.

Friday, September 16, 2016

My recorder gets company!

After watching countless youtube recorder videos I decided I preferred the sound of the bigger instruments and after much deliberation I bought a tenor. Like my soprano it's made by Aulos but in the more traditional brown and cream colour scheme. First impressions are it's very hard to play. In fact at first I struggled to get a note out of it but I persevered, watching videos on correct posture and breathing, as well as hand stretching exercises. The tenor is a big instrument,  twice the size of the soprano and this model has no levers. I decided to go for a keyless model as I heard that on cheaper instruments they are easily broken. Now, I say cheaper but in the right hands, i.e. not mine, the sound of the 211 is fantastic, rich and warm. Much more flute like, whereas the soprano is more like a whistle in the high registers.  The tenor sounds woody.

And here it is next to its smaller cousin.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mary Had a Little Lamb-recorder

I followed basic  instructions from a website, and had a go at a simple tune. I also watched a couple of Sarah Jeffreys videos on youtube-they really help. And are a bit of a laugh.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Got myself a recorder!

Picked up one of these yesterday from J.G.Windows in the town, an Aulos descant recorder. Now I just need time and an empty house to re-learn it and prove that the recorder is not just a kiddies squonk horn!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eight Days a Week

My crack at this Beatles classic on my ukulele


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blue Boy

Messing around on the Tanglewood, using a strum, stop pattern, with my capo on the second fret.

Thursday, April 21, 2016