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Claire

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Welcome to recorder playing!
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2005, 05:30:22 pm »

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Just my $0.02. 

I think polyphonic instruments (piano, other keyboard instruments, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukelele etc.) are better hermit instruments than things that make one-note-at-a-time.

It is darn difficult to play a chord on a recorder if there's nobody else around.
All true, but gulching does not equal hermitage, and it's a dandy ensemble axe. And you CAN play some chords on a recorder. They aren't particularly nice or useful chords, and can sometimes be hard to control. But they exist.

And a recorder is more portable than even a small electronic keyboard, and more durable than fretted instruments.
CHORDS? On a recorder? The mind boggles.

I can see Plinker's point. But at this point, the absolute simplicity of the recorder appeals to me a lot.

One of the songbooks had a charming suggestion, as well. For some of the numbers written to be played in two parts, it suggests recording yourself playing one part, then accompanying yourself by playing the other part.
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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2005, 06:34:08 pm »

Aha ... PBF, another recorder expert?


"Expert"? Not as much as some in this thread, but I did play one from the age 5 to 25. It made it easy when I started playing sax in 7th grade because the notes are the same.

I'm sure you've heard Duncan unless you're not a Paul Simon fan. It's probably just that the album is unique. He had a Peruvian flute group on stage called "Urubamba." Those flutes sounded a lot like the trusty old recorder to me. Do you even have Windows? I thought you were a Linix user...

I now need to get both that CD (it's tough to "find" those versions of the songs) and a recorder. And right after I win the Lotto and find a free country I'll get me a bari-sax.

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Have you ever seen a black lab mastiff cross? I meet one the other day and it has to be the best dog I've ever seen. Beautiful.

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Just looking at the customer reviews and found this line from Peace Like a River: "You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains, you can run out your ruled but you can't outrun the history train."  
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Welcome to recorder playing!
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2005, 12:02:17 am »

I have had a pear wood alto for 30 something years now (at one time I thought that was a big deal, now I know these aren't anywhere near top of the line). Another good gulch instrument, that can do chords very well, is any variation of one of these

I've got a 64 note chromatic, a few basic daitonics and a golden melody tremolo. The basic Hohner diatonic The Old Standby is a wonderful, inexpensive instrument you can carry anywhere.
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2005, 07:08:41 am »

Iii. discovery
Words by neil peart, music by alex lifeson

... behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was
Hidden beneath the cave, I found it. I brushed away the
Dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in
My hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was
Beautiful ...
... I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn
The keys to make them sound differently. as I struck the
Wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious
Sounds, and soon my own music! how different it could
Be from the music of the temples! I can’t wait to tell the
Priests about it! ...

What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
It’s got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out it’s pain
Sounds that build high like a mountain
Or notes that fall gently like rain

I can’t wait to share this new wonder
The people will all see it’s light
Let them all make their own music
The priests praise my name on this night

Iv. presentation
Words by neil peart, music by alex lifeson

... in the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up
To a circle of grim, expressionless faces. father brown
Rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed
Throughout the silent temple hall. ...
... instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were
Words of quiet rejection! instead of praise, sullen
Dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as father brown
Ground my precious instrument to splinters beneath his
Feet...

I know it’s most unusual
To come before you so
But I’ve found an ancient miracle
I thought that you should know

Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There’s something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Yes, we know it’s nothing new
It’s just a waste of time
We have no need for ancient ways
The world is doing fine

Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn’t fit the plan


I can’t believe you’re saying
These things just can’t be true
Our world could use this beauty
Just think what we might do

Listen to my music
And hear what it can do
There’s something here as strong as life
I know that it will reach you

Don’t annoy us further
We have our work to do
Just think about the average
What use have they for you?

Another toy will help destroy
The elder race of man
Forget about your silly whim
It doesn’t fit the plan


 
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