Can You Learn the Recorder as an Adult?

The short answer is yes, the recorder is suitable for an adult.

The recorder has the advantage of requiring little financial investment. It is relatively simple to learn but requires a lot of practice to master. It can be enjoyed alone or as part of a group. The latter is the most enjoyable and also provides social life. The stimulation of playing with others motivates one to devote more time to practice, and as a result, significant progress is made.

How to Begin

Rosario Montenegro mentioned a good instrument to learn to play the recorder, and she is correct. It’s also an instrument where you can jam with a group of recorder players and have a great time.

One significant advantage is that the recorder is much less expensive than other instruments unless you go for a plush one.

The recorder has a thumbhole on the back covered by the left thumb and three holes on the front that are covered by the first, second, and third fingers of the left hand. Below are three holes that should be filled with your right hand’s first, second, and third fingers. It is critical to use the hands correctly, as described. Then, there is a double hole at the bottom of the instrument that the little right-hand finger must cover. You must ensure that the holes are properly covered. After you’ve figured this out, you should abandon the right hand for the time being and only use the top three holes and the thumb hole, to begin with. This allows you to practice properly covering those holes.

Now you have knowledge about how to play blow the recorder. Gently blow into the mouthpiece, producing a steady stream of air that is only slightly more than gentle breathing. You should make the note G with your thumbhole and three holes covered. Above this is A (two fingers down), and above that is B (one finger down, all with the thumbhole covered), so if you play BAGA BBB AAA BBB BAGA BBB GAABAG, you’ll eventually recognize it as Mary had a little lamb. You’re on your way if you can do that, so pick up a book and get started. If anyone can do it (and they can), you can too. I wish you the best of luck.

Fingering for a C on descant. Flatten your fingers so that the pads completely close the holes. Any escaping air will affect the tuning or cause squeaking. The thumb covers the back hole, and the fingers cover the note C holes.

Talent: Is It Necessary?

Don’t be concerned about your talent. The ability to stick with something, to move in the direction of adversity, is far more important than talent. Many people have talent, but what have they done with it? Nothing.

If you are willing to put in the effort and practice practice, you will gain a lot of satisfaction from your progress. However, if you increase your practice too quickly, your fingers will become tangled. Begin with ten minutes per day, or three ten-minute sessions per day, and gradually increase to half an hour per day. Remember, this isn’t about getting into Juilliard; it’s all about having fun. No one will ever want to listen to you play except you, but that is all that matters, your satisfaction in progress. If you have some talent as well, you will do even better.

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