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The Recorder Guide: An Instruction Method for Soprano and Alto Recorder, Including Folk Melodies from Around the World Plastic Comb – January 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825600200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825600203
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lessons are easy to follow and hold my interest.
Stanley Wells
If you want to learn the recorder this is a great book to start with.
Maryann Tatro
This is an excellent beginner's guide to soprano and alto recorders.
Craig E. Cook

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Gillespie on November 13, 2010
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The Recorder Guide (c. 1965) bills itself as an instruction method for soprano and alto recorder "including folk melodies from around the world".

It's 128 comb-bound pages long, the longest "method book" I have by far. Its print orientation is "landscape". There is lots of white space and sometimes the layout seems a bit amateurish, but the printing is clear and in fairness the layout works when it comes to trying to play music from the book. No piece is over a page long.

Much of its length derives from being a method book for both C and F class recorders. This is unique in my experience. It also includes a lot more than the barebones songs. There is a short introduction to the mechanics of music, numerous notes on musical theory and recorder technique and fingering charts. Many of the songs are presented in both alto and soprano (F&C) versions, or arranged for duos or trios (SA and SAT) (although there is always a clear melody line for either the soprano or the alto). Some songs are also presented in basic and more advanced versions later on. Guitar chords are included for many of the songs and lyrics for some of them. There are also several old illustrations.

This is by far my favourite recorder book of the several dozen that I know. You may have heard of "desert island disks", well this would be my choice for a "desert island method book", provided I had both a trusty alto and soprano with me, and had already learned the basics of recorder somewhere else. It has so many great songs and it is so beginner-friendly.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2005
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I found this book in a used bookstore & compared it with another recorder instruction book that I have (from [...] Both books teach the notes in pretty much the same order, but this book also teaches ALTO recorder, right along with soprano... if you already know how to play soprano, and want to learn Alto, it really helps to have the soprano music notes alongside the alto...

The lessons are very clear & the songs are nice...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2001
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This is an excellent introduction to the recorder. One need not know anything to get started. A great project to work through with your kids! It uses nursery songs and music we all know, in simple arrangements, including solos, duets and trios, for soprano and alto recorder.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Tatro on March 21, 2005
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If you want to learn the recorder this is a great book to start with. It teaches both soprano and alto recorder and has some wonderful folk tunes from around the world. It includes a short introduction into the mechanics of music, great for those who don't already read music. I bought this book twenty years ago, and I have been playing recorder ever since. (I even had to purchase a new edition recently.)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Esolen on April 12, 2011
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"The Recorder Guide" is a wonderful collection of folk music arranged for recorders. It includes music from Germany, England, Israel, France, South America, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, and the Czech Republic. It also includes a round by Johannes Brahms and a Hungarian folksong aranged by Bela Bartok. These are real folktunes of various genres, including love songs, springtime songs, lullibies, folk dances, traditional children's songs, and several pieces of sacred music. I would recomend this book not only for begining recorder players, but also for more advanced recorder players who are looking for a good introduction to folk music. It would also be a really wonderful book to use with children, although it is not a children's book.

As a textbook, I would recomend using it as a supplement to one of the "Enjoy your Recorder" books by the von Trapp family. The von Trapp method is much more thorough than the method in this book (important if you are learning to play the recorder on your own) and will eventually get you to the point where you can play Baroque music (Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi) as well as very complex pieces of folk music (their books also teach you how to play trills and other embelishments). This book, however, will provide you with a lot more folkmusic to choose from, as well as with some pieces that are better for beginners than those in the von Trapp books, although still real, beautiful pieces of music. If you are still learning to play the recorder, I would recomend buying this book and one of the von Trapp books together.

I should also point out that this book is designed to be used with both C and F recorders.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anner on August 7, 2012
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This review refers to the version published in 1992. The book itself is excellent and highly regarded, but this version appears to be a less than perfect photocopy. Some of the staff lines are faded, causing errors in reading the notes. And some of the fingering markings aren't filled in fully. I can't tell whether a hole should be pressed or not.
I have the original version published in 1965 and wanted a second copy - the difference is obvious. I'm going to try to get one of the good condition used copies that still list the publication date as 1965, and the original publisher as 'Oak Publications'. Some of them are even cheaper than this version.
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