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How To Choose A Recorder

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Deciding on which Recorder to buy can be exciting, although slightly challenging. In our ‘Beginner’s Guide To Learning The Recorder’ series, this segment will assist you in starting your journey the right way.

How To Choose A Recorder

Which Recorder Should I Buy?

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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:

  • Garklein
  • Sopranino
  • Descant
  • Treble (Alto)
  • Tenor
  • Bass
  • Great Bass
  • Contra Bass
  • Sub-Great Bass
  • Sub-Contra Bass

What Should My Recorder Be Made Out Of?

How To Choose A Recorder

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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