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Recorder Flute Lessons


About the Recorder Flute

The recorder flute is a woodwind musical instrument in the group known as internal duct flutes—flutes with a whistle mouthpiece. It is distinguished from other duct flutes by having thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: three for the upper hand and four for the lower. It is the most prominent duct flute in the western classical tradition.

Recorders are made in different sizes with compasses corresponding to different vocal ranges. The sizes most commonly in use today are the soprano (lowest note C5), alto (lowest note F4), tenor (lowest note C4) and bass (lowest note F3). Recorders are traditionally constructed from wood and ivory, although the use of plastics is now common. Other characteristics of their construction, such as bore profile and fingering systems, have varied over time and between instruments.

The sound of the recorder is often described as clear and sweet, and has historically been associated with birds and shepherds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the recorder flute through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

The recorder is a wood wind instrument from the whistle family that needs a minimal breath effort to be played. It also comes in several sizes for different musical ranges and that may accord different finger lengths which in turn allows the player to select one that suits them. It’s advisable for beginners to start with soprano or alto recorders as they’re easier to play for most people.

The curriculum contains a set of exercises for breathing, musical scales and sight reading that the student is advised to perform. You’re strongly advised to use a metronome to help you stay on rhythm (many metronome apps are available for free download over the internet). It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

Recorder flutes are basically made of wood or plastic and as musical instruments are generally known to be very fragile, you should always handle your recorder with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting it to heat, impact or direct sunlight. It should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it. It’s also advisable to keep it in its case/cover and oil it (if it’s wooden) using its special oil every once in a while. Plastic recorders can be washed with soap and water being very careful not to subject them to alcohol or petrol-based products.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments.

No, that’s not necessary

12 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age. Some people start at a younger age than 12 if their musical talent allows it.

An instrument’s sound nature play an important role in making it add a special taste to the music it contributes to. The mellowness and warmth of the recorder make it suitable for classical music especially in its golden Baroque age. A lot of world-music genres, light music and Celtic and Irish music embrace the recorder as well.

Yamaha and Suzuki are suitable brands for beginners. As for the advanced players, it’s possible to use the higher brands of Yamaha or use a wooden recorder.

It’s preferable to use a German Fingering recorder for beginners and a Baroque Fingering recorder for intermediate and advanced levels