How To Choose A Recorder
Congratulations! You are about to buy your first Recorder...
Choosing which Recorder to purchase can be exhilarating, if not just a little challenging. As part of our ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Recorder’ series, this section will help you start your journey as you mean to go on.
Which Recorder Should I Buy?
The recorder family is made up of lots of different instruments in all shapes sizes! Many recorder players own several different recorders but most children start off with a descant and most adults begin on a treble recorder.
These are all the members of the recorder family in size order:
- Treble (Alto)
- Great Bass
- Contra Bass
- Sub-Great Bass
- Sub-Contra Bass
What Should My Recorder Be Made Out Of?
When first learning how to play the recorder a plastic one is recommended and there is a wide range of plastic instruments available. The extra cost of a better one is money well spent. We recommend the Yamaha plastic recorders, which feature good intonation and easy playability. It can also be fun to buy plastic recorders in bright colours!
Do I Need Keys On My Recorder?
Some recorders come with the option of adding extra keys to make it easier to play certain notes. The most common keys to add are:
- C/C sharp
- F/G comfort key
You can also buy recorders with a Knick which is a little kink to make it easier to reach all the keys.
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How To Choose A Recorder - Summary
Recorders hold their value pretty well so it is possible to sell on your current instrument if you want to upgrade after a few years. How big are your hands? Some of the larger recorders may be difficult to play if your fingers can’t reach the keys easily. Booking your recorder in for a service with a woodwind repairer every 18 months will keep your instrument in peak working order.
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