Goin’ for Baroque

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Well, as I mentioned in my Back To My Flutes thread, my flute embouchure is on its way to the old flute home. Well, now I’m thinkin’ of a different path.

I like Bach and the Baroque music period, and I usta play Recorders and still have a sopranino and an alto. I also still have a wooden Baroque flute, so maybe I could involve myself with that music more.

So, I’ve started to remember/learn some scales — the F & G so far, but my old Recorder book teaches differently, so I’ll follow it instead. The first half of the first book teaches the left hand, and then it moves on to both hands. The left hand is easy-peasy, so I’m on my way.

The Baroque flute is a much different story. It is very difficult to play in tune, and it requires a lot of fiddling. I tried it a while back, when I still had an embouchure, and gave up. One has to do a lotta lip work. I’ll probably try, but I dunno . . .

It’s not all bad though. I still have my alto flute to play, and it’s okay so far. Onward and Upward . . .
 
I sent for a Yamaha Soprano Recorder and a Bach recorder book today. I‘ll get ‘em both tomorrow.

I’ve learned/remembered the F and G scales so far, and I’m working on the A scale.

Has anyone ever played a tenor recorder? The holes look very far apart!
 
I played soprano and tenor recorder many (>50) years ago. The tenor had keys for the bottom two openings, but the rest were reachable, but it was a reach.
 
I sent for a Yamaha Soprano Recorder and a Bach recorder book today. I‘ll get ‘em both tomorrow.

I’ve learned/remembered the F and G scales so far, and I’m working on the A scale.

Has anyone ever played a tenor recorder? The holes look very far apart!
I re-tried recorder a couple of years back and know some adults who play recorder here in the UK. After some months I decided to step back from recorder playing and refocus on other musical stuff that I found suited me better - everyone’s balance of activities and progress is unique to them.

The Tenor is fine with (healthy) adult hands and it’s normal to have one or two ‘keys’ (levers) to reach the lower holes. There’s quite a bit of music about for the recorder and you can adapt stuff from other single pitch (one note at a time) instruments too. Enjoy, and if you can then join in with a group of adult players.
 
I played soprano and tenor recorder many (>50) years ago. The tenor had keys for the bottom two openings, but the rest were reachable, but it was a reach.
Yeah, I saw a girl playing a tenor, and it looked like a strain. They’re expensive too, but I like low tones . . . mebbe . . .
 
Yeah, I saw a girl playing a tenor, and it looked like a strain. They’re expensive too, but I like low tones . . . mebbe . . .
I found the tone of the Tenor more pleasing than the other recorders I tried and lots of folk manage to play them without too much of a stretch issue. Cost wise mine (all second-hand) weren’t at all expensive, think I had a few, all carefully bought and re-sold on eBay.
 
One of my granddaughters started playing recorder, so I ordered Yamaha plastic recorders in soprano and alto just to see if I could play them at all. It was very much like riding a bicycle. If you knew how to ride as a kid, even if you don't ride for 50 years, when you get on the bike, you fall on your butt!

I could kind of remember the fingering for the scale, but actually getting any kind of consistent tone was much harder than I remembered. Also, my wife greeted the squeaking and squawking with much less enthusiasm than my ukulele playing.
 
BTW, Peter Schickele spoke of the early baroque, the high baroque, and in the case of PDQ Bach's work, the go for baroque.
 
Well, I’m after wood from now on, if I buy any more.b
One of my granddaughters started playing recorder, so I ordered Yamaha plastic recorders in soprano and alto just to see if I could play them at all. It was very much like riding a bicycle. If you knew how to ride as a kid, even if you don't ride for 50 years, when you get on the bike, you fall on your butt!

I could kind of remember the fingering for the scale, but actually getting any kind of consistent tone was much harder than I remembered. Also, my wife greeted the squeaking and squawking with much less enthusiasm than my ukulele playing.
Yeah, I’m familiar with Peter Schickele, and I’ve got a book about PDQ Bach. I’m really a big fan of J. S. Bach’s music.
 
I got my soprano recorder yesterday, and it’s a great looking instrument. The wood grain (though plastic) is really nice looking. It also came with a thumb holder/thingy, a cleaning rod and a nice bag. The fingering sheet was okay and usable, but all the instructions are in Japanese!

I got the Bach For Recorder Book too. Most of the pieces look doable, though a few might cause a ruined session. I’ve all ready been playin’ two or three of them from a different book on my flute.
 
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I tried out my Baroque flute today with about the usual results: it kicked me. The darn thing is really hard to play unless one plays it as a main instrument all the time. Getting a good tone is a struggle, and then one hasta work at blowing all the notes in tune. Whew!

Update: I played it again today and fared much better. So I’ve decided to give it another chance and work on it some more. I like it, and it fits in with my Recorders and Baroque music.
 
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The above decision was a good one. I’m enjoying the Baroque flute this time, but playing time is still limited.

My new soprano recorder is easy and fun, but rather piercing. I’m trying to stay with C or D tunes.
 
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