What is it?
The recorder is a german instrument first mentioned in 1388 as part of the King Henry IV house.
A person that plays the recorder it’s called a recorder player or flute player.
Not to be confused with
You may hear about it with other names. Pronounced /rɪˈkɔːdə/, from the Latin meaning “hearth again” or “learn from the heart” and called flauta dulce in Spanish, flute douce in french.
The instrument is from the Wind family meaning the sound comes by blowing air in a mouthpiece into a tube(resonator).
The types of recorder are determined by range, they also get bigger the lower the pitch :
- Bass: F3-F5
- Tenor: C4-C6
- Alto/Treble: F4-F6
- Soprano/Descant: C5-C7
- Sopranino: F5-F6
- Garklein/Piccolo – D5-C8
There’s also the rare Great bass, contrabass, sub-great bass & sub-contrabass that vary but go all the way from F1-C4
This can be confusing, just know that the most common variant and the one that’s used in schools is the soprano.
In terms of materials, the options are usually wood (red cedar) or plastic. The material has no effect on the sound (our article here) but it does in price and durability.
Before you buy
Getting a recorder for sale? as a gift? If you do, here’s all you need to know.
The price of the instrument is around $5 – $70 USD, the cheapest we found was a Skoye soprano plastic recorder and the most expensive was a Yamaha tenor plastic recorder.
In the middle we have something like an Aulos Alto recorder with a case for $50 USD, you can search on amazon here or eBay here.
All of these brands Yamaha is the king, but the instrument is so popular and standard almost anything will do, just make sure they have a guarantee and shipping to your country, good reviews and if they don’t you can get them other ways.
The size goes around 2 x 3 x 12 In (5 x 7.5 x 30 Cm) – 2 x 2 x 14 In (5 x 5 x 35 Cm) and has a weight from 0.65 Lbs (0.3 Kgs) to 1 Lb (0.45 Kgs).
Now that you know, you can check on Ebay here.
There are a lot of accessories for example:
- Bag & Case: Bag for transportation and case for safety and transportation.
- Cleaning kit: usually you only need a stick (cleaning brush) and it comes with the instrument, but you can also get a microfiber and germicide.
How to learn the recorder
We recommend learning to read sheet music, play notes and learn the tricks of playing songs.
For learning to read sheets we try a lot of resources to help you choose.
To learn to play all notes you need a finger chart (also known as position chart).
The tips & tricks are all the details that combined make a big difference.
They way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions and techniques.
Here are some book and courses with pros & cons:
- Recorder Fun: Free Youtube playlist for everything except songs.
- Soprano Recorder: Paid Udemy course for beginners.
- First 50 Songs: Paid book of 50 beginner songs.
Remember, the recorder is easy to learn and fast too, it’s also similar to the tin whistle and ocarina in playstyle so you can combine those resources to help you learn, we hope this helps, we’ll keep working on this article.