Goin’ for Baroque

Yeah, shopping music stores in San Diego was one of my favorite things to do. I played trumpet then and some of the other brasses a bit later. I usta day dream about being a instrument repairman in a music store.

It’s a shame that most of them, where I live now, are gone. The few that are still around don’t have much in ‘em.
 
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I like the pipes too. I was gonna buy a chanter back awhile but talked myself out of it. I decided that they were just too loud.

And my recorders are very loud also. I live in a condo, and there are lots of people nearby. I’m now thinkin’ of buyin’ a Tenor. Maybe its low tones won’t be so piercing— I dunno.
Living in a condo would make playing the pipes difficult - even in Scotland.

Looking back, it's kind of amazing to think that I practiced every day for years from childhood through college, living in a smaller apartment in Chicago in a neighborhood with closely packed apartment buildings - each separated by a narrow gangway. It never occurred to me to think of what the neighbors thought - and they never said anything negative. In hindsight, I have no doubt that my dad thought it was hilarious to impose that on the neighbors.
 
Living in a condo would make playing the pipes difficult - even in Scotland.

Looking back, it's kind of amazing to think that I practiced every day for years from childhood through college, living in a smaller apartment in Chicago in a neighborhood with closely packed apartment buildings - each separated by a narrow gangway. It never occurred to me to think of what the neighbors thought - and they never said anything negative. In hindsight, I have no doubt that my dad thought it was hilarious to impose that on the neighbors.
Maybe they thought you kept cows.
 
Yeah, I’ve always been an avid shopper. I love go to the Mall now and look at stuff and at the other shoppers. Of course, I married someone who only likes shopping when she needs something — ahhh well . . .

Unfortunately, there’s very few good music stores nearby, so I hafta be satisfied looking at pictures of stuff on the internet. Life sure has changed since the good ol’ days.
 
NRD! Well, I received my new Yamaha Tenor Recorder last night. I only got to try it out a bit, but it seems to be okay.

I thought it might be less shrill on the high notes than my others. I guess I’ll find out today, but, so far so good. I like its looks.
 
Well, my progress with the tenor recorder is slow but enjoyable. It’s slow because one hasta memorize to learn, and memorizin’ isn’t one of my forte’s. But it’s comin’ along . . . I have a coupla Bach pieces that I’m workin’ on plus scales, scales, scales.
 
Well, my progress with the tenor recorder is slow but enjoyable. It’s slow because one hasta memorize to learn, and memorizin’ isn’t one of my forte’s. But it’s comin’ along . . . I have a coupla Bach pieces that I’m workin’ on plus scales, scales, scales.
Scales are soooo boring, but they do have a use and do help with building skill … still hate them though.

What book are you using for Bach? You of course realise that the same book can be used to finger pick on the Uke, there’s obviously no TAB but if you know the fretboard then the notes are all there.
 
I’m usin’ “Bach for Recorder and Guitar” arr. by Eugene Reichenthal for Soprano and Tenor. I like it a lot so far.

I don't finger pick my ukes much because I have so trouble with chords.
 
Well, now I can now play most the notes, including the sharps/flats, on my soprano and tenor recorders. I can play some of the Bach pieces imperfectly but recognizably too.

I enjoy playing the recorders, except for their piercing loudness. It’s almost enough to make me quit.
 
Well, now I can now play most the notes, including the sharps/flats, on my soprano and tenor recorders. I can play some of the Bach pieces imperfectly but recognizably too.

I enjoy playing the recorders, except for their piercing loudness. It’s almost enough to make me quit.

For inspiration (I hope), here are two of my favorite pieces for recorder, performed by Frans Brüggen.




 
I’m working on the very low notes now. I don’t seem to use them very much, but I wanna be able to play them all. They’re quite a stretch for my right hand, but I’m gittin’ ‘em.

I’m also workin’ on my tone and vibrato. Sounds less wheezy, but better on the higher notes.
 
To be heard rather that read...

"I like all kinds of music, from Bach to Orff-en-bach."
 
I cheated tonight and played some hymns and a few folk tunes that weren’t so high pitched and loud. I gave my neighbors a break. I played pretty well (for me) too.

I’ve also learned all the sharps, now all I gotta do is learn the flats.
 
I'm glad you're enjoying the tenor recorder so much more than the baroque flute. Fabulous that you played folk tunes and hymns you like. That's key, isn't it? Having fun (and sparing the neighbours).

You make me feel guilty again.
I played baroque flute yesterday because I've got to get ready for an a deux session with my harpsichord friend. He's still struggling with covid related breathing issues (about four years now). He was a much better flautist than I am, and I enjoy our practising and playing together.
I was sightreading music by CPE Bach in Eb, and I got myself confused with the fingerings for some of the enharmonic notes. Is this a G# or an Ab? In bigger ensembles I don't always use the 'right' one, I listen out for intonation clashes with the recorders instead.
 
Well, I guess I’m really hooked on Baroque Recorder Music. I just sent for an expensive, wooden recorder.

I follow a girl recordist (?) on the the internet, and she raved about how she loved her tenor recorders — on and on. So I bought one. It’s okay I guess, but it’s a bit difficult to hold and play, and I’m not really happy with its tone. I have been progressing and learning the stuff I need well enough, but I’m not thrilled wid it.

Sooo, today I decided to git out my old alto recorder and — POW, Night and day! It’s easier to play, and it sounds better to my ear. It’s not so loud and piercing. Nothing to do but buy another, even better, wooden one. $$$! I sent for it today, and it should be here next week.

I’ll continue this when I receive my new toy . . .
 
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