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The recorder

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Stephen S, Sep 20, 2002.


  1. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    Is the recorder taken serious as an instrument? I have never heard of any band with a recordist (SP?). Is there a Victor Wooten in there recorder world? Is the recorder just like a gateway drug, just meant to give children in elementary school a taste of music?
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It is used seriously in classical music - so one of Bach's Branderberg concertos is written for two recorders as solo instruments - they are the forerunners of modern flutes, but in Baroque times, that was all they had.

    Even so there are specialists on the recorder in the modern classical world - who just play recorder pieces, concertos etc.

    Having said that - professional recorders are expensive instruments - so not plastic! :rolleyes:

    Also the descant recorder, familiar in schools is not the main instrument of the family. I have a wooden Treble recorder which has a nice tone and need careful looking after.

    This has a lower range to the descant and sounds mellower/smoother.

    Here's a link to someone who might be called the Victor Wooten of recorders - but hopefully not in his earshot!! ;)

    http://www.upbeatclassical.co.uk/biog.asp?artistid=6
     
  3. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    I'm teaching my little sister to play the recorder so she can go to school and show off her super cool skills. But I have never see any wooden recorders, and if I had I probably assumed they were flutes.
     
  4. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    I'm not putting the recorder down or anything. I was just a bit curious.
     
  5. No problem! I didn't read it as a "put down", but seriously, check out Michala Petri if you get a chance, she has some serious chops... :)

    - Wil
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've seen Michaela Petri play in the concert hall and I have been racking my brains since this thread came up, trying to remember her name! Thank you! ;)

    Did you know you can also get Bass recorders - combine two obsessions!! :D


    And now for Bass Recorder G.A.S. :

    yrgb61.
     
  7. *sniff snif*

    Do I, perchance, smell Troll?
     
  8. My friends' band covers that acoustic greenday song, I think its called "Time of your life." You know that part when the violens (ohh yeah, I slaughtered that one) play? The bassist does that on the recorder, its so funny its cool.
     
  9. Why is it actually called recorder ?

    Perhaps my english is not improved enough to understand the origin of that word.

    I know recorder (recording) in the sense of: putting something on an information carrier.

    In my language the recorder is called: "blokfluit", blok means block and fluit flute, so blockflute. :)

    Forgive me my ignorance. :) :rolleyes:
     
  10. When I was in grade school, it was the accordian. I don't know which would sound worse, 25 kids playing the recorder, or 25 playing the accordian.

    Everybody Polka!