PLAYING THE RECORDERS - online tutorial

How to Play The Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass Recorders, full online instruction.

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The Instruments
ere are five sizes of recorders used in England, the three most popular being the descant, about a foot in length, the treble, about a foot and a half in length and the tenor, about two feet. There are two others which are not in such common use; a very small one, the sopranino, about nine inches long and the largest of all, the bass, which is about three feet long. The ranges of the various recorders are shown in example i, though skilled players can obtain higher notes still. The range of the bass is slightly smaller than those of the other instru-
ments, though attempts have been made by modern instrument makers, with some degree of success, to increase the range. Both the modem Dolmetsch and Schott bass recorders now go up to high G, the fingerings for these notes on the bass instru­ment being as for the treble with slight modifications.
The sopranino recorder is usually made in one piece. The
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