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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (June 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882848143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882848143
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morty Manus is president of Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc. When Morty joined the company, he had recently received a business degree from City College of New York. As a clarinetist and pianist, he saw the need for quality music education publications. Drawing upon his musical experiences, Morty oversaw the development of instructional publications for accordion, guitar, piano, and drums; performance music for band, orchestra, chorus, and music theory.

Morty is the author and editor of numerous Alfred titles, including Alfred's Basic Guitar Course, Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Alfred's Adult Piano Course, and Essentials of Music Theory. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree in music from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago for "having made a significant contribution to the music education profession as evidenced by his outstanding creative achievements, scholarship and leadership."

Morty met his wife Iris when she was working for Alfred on Saturdays. Iris has worked on a full-time basis for Alfred since the late 1960s, and maintains the position of executive producer.

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Good instruction book.
Elaine
This book is perfect for somebody interested in learning to play the recorder and also reading the music.
Douglas J Dencker
My granddaughter was learning to play the recorder at school, so she already knew how to read music.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "mamasylvia" on July 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Great book for absolute beginners who don't read music. Gently guides student one step at a time through learning fingering and learning to read music. Better than any other book I've seen or used; even parents who don't play themselves could use this book to teach their children. Might be *too* easy for those who already play another instrument or know how to read music, though.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. R. Chisholm on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wnat a gentle introduction to music? Here's a cheap, effective approach: a ten dollar plastic recorder and this four dollar book.

d'Auberge and Manus don't bother with Every Good Boy Does Fine. They start with B (and quarter notes), then add the other notes of a soprano recorder, one at a time. As the book goes on, new notes are added less frequently, and there are more songs to practice. The result: the material starts easy to master, and stays easy to master as new material is added. The reader/performer learns through practice, not memorization.

This book is only an introduction, but it's a great one.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By mellen on December 14, 2002
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I have been trying to learn to site read music for 30 years. This book has made it so that I can look at the note and I know exactly where my fingers belong. I wish there was a volume two to go past the basic nine notes, but it feels really wonderful to have those notes finally make sense without having to review each time I pick up the book. Really wonderful book for adults or children.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MarkandVolha on July 19, 2012
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I own an Alto recorder, which is the principle instrument of the recorder family. This book is for students of the Soprano recorder. This creates two serious problems. First of all, the fingering for the Alto very different than for the Soprano and, secondly, the sheet music is intended for an instument with a much higher range. The product description fails to note this rather essential feature. The book is useless to me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on June 12, 2012
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This book is old--but it still works. I first came across it when I was in fourth grade and we learned how to play recorders. That was in 1985. I stumbled across the book almost 30 years later and found that it holds up well. The 32 book page is excellent for children and those of us who have little background in reading music. Alfred d'Auberge and Morton Manus do an excellent job in providing simple instructions and varied if somewhat dated pieces to practice on. Keep in mind this book is for true beginners--and some more experienced readers will find it very simple. Despite this, "It's Recorder Time" remains an excellent introduction after all this time. Recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss Darcy VINE VOICE on April 2, 2011
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I am using this to refresh my own memory from third grade and to teach my eight-year-old daughter to play. I am very impressed with the way they focus on one note at a time yet manage to pull some songs together so you feel like you're really playing something special vs. just doing a bunch of exercises. By the second lesson, we were playing together.

We have both been amused by the song lyrics, and we are sharing lots of laughs in the process, which is of course priceless.

They also include some parts for a teacher (if one is available), so you can play duets. This has also been a fun feature for us since I already know how to play.

One thing beginners should pay attention to is the timing. As they teach you notes (A,B, C, etc.), they also teach you the aspect of timing (which of course is essential). Be sure to learn that part of the lesson also.

It cost less than $30 for two recorders and this book. For that price, we are making memories and building the foundation for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. You simply can't go wrong with this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Custard108 on March 14, 2012
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WIth some trepidation, I tried this with my daughter (nearly 5 yrs) who is very enthusiastic about learning recorder. It was a great success due to its clear, simple layout. It is very satisfying for beginners to feel they rapidly progress to playing 'real' tunes -- including tunes with two player parts and words! Also, basic musical concepts -- clef, rests, measures are systematically introduced. I learned recorder in the 70s and remember my book as being fairly simple, but it did not offer the swift learner satisfaction that this one does, while building a solid foundation. Because of the range of tunes introduced, I think it would also work perfectly well for adults without being boring, and can help anyone who previously hasn't learned notation. Strongly recommended all round.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Indiana boat builder on January 23, 2011
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I'm a 48 year old grade school music drop out. I could not read music at all. This book has given me the general idea. The left hand has been fairly easy to pick up. The right has been more difficult. Of all the recorder books I purchased, this one is best for a person of my limited experience.
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