Is the recorder the worst instrument ever?

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  1. hotpot

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    AArrgghh recorders! I was at school in the 60's and the only music lesson was...Recorders, they were made of bakerlite and all the mouth pieces were in a big bowl of industrial strength disinfectant, I can still taste the vile stuff to this day.:eek:
     
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    i was told it was a gateway to clarinet
     
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    I played soprano, alto, and tenor recorder as a kid-- my Dad had a nice collection of high-end ones from sopranino to bass. He used to play them with some baroque group after he put away the oboe and English horn. Guess he got tired of cutting reeds.

    Knowing my way around a recorder sure made the flute easy to pick up!
     
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    it's a long, slow descant
     
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    Bagpipes, thank you very much.
     
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    Great catch Frodebro!!! The Rolling Stones are just plain awesome!!!!!!

    Now, I can feel cool playing with my recorder group. One does play piano and one plays violin and one plays drums. Hmmmm ...
     
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    It depends who's playing it!

     
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    I'll withhold my judgement until...

    I hear a group of nth Korean school kids playing Recorders..... ;)
     
  13. Paul in Colorado

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    In third grade I played a "Tonette" which is a sort of recorder. I was in a mixed 3ed/4th grade class the next year. The teacher wanted us to play tonettes. I rebeled. Tonette was a 3ed grade instrument. I wouldn't be caught dead playing a tonette in 4th grade. I pretended to lose mine and used every excuse in the book to not have to play that #@$&*! thing. I was at war and my teacher made my life hell. But I never caved in. That summer I went to summer school to take drum lessons. I got my revenge.

    I have a couple of penny whistles that I screw around on now. If I'd played the tonette that year, I might be good on the whistle. Then again, maybe not.
     
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    I had the opposite experience to the OP. We started playing one of them that at that time were called Tonettes in second grade. I wanted so badly to make music that I paid attention and learned to read music. Some of my friends made fun of me for taking it so seriously, but I didn't care. I just wanted to make music any way I could.

    I moved a couple of times after third grade, and when I was in fourth grade we had a chance to join either band, orchestra or choir. They gave us a written test to determine if we had any musical training which I aced so the teachers were sure I had been taking private lessons. I told them I just learned it from playing the Tonette in second grade, but they thought I must have had additional training.

    When it came time to pick an instrument I came home and told my dad the rental was $10.00 a month. He told me we could not afford it since he wasn't working at the time. I went back to school feeling totally dejected, but when I told the band director what my father said he told me not to worry about it because he wanted me in the band, and I never had to pay a rental fee.

    I started playing a guitar a few months after I started playing the saxophone because my father brought a cheap Mexican classical style guitar home that he bought for $20.00. He also picked up a songbook with some chords diagrammed in it so I taught myself from the book.

    About six months after I started playing my dad's guitar he brought it to me one day and asked me to teach him how to play Midnight Special. I had learned it a handful of other songs I picked up from Leadbelly and Josh White records.
     
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