February 23, 2017 posted by littlewhitecottage

Learn to play the descent recorder – Lesson 4

Today we recapped how to play the note G -starting with the note B and adding the next finger to play A and the the 3rd finger to play G.

If your G doesn’t sound great check your finger pads to see if you have the circles. Make sure you are using the padded bit of your finger and not the tips.

We looked at our piece of music (p.6) and found crotchets, 2 beamed quavers, a minim and also a crotchet rest. We remembered that a crotchet is worth 1 beat, 2 quavers equal 1 beat (1/2 each), a minim is 2 beats and a crotchet rest is worth 1 beat.

We saw on the page that there were 2 dots at the end of the music. We learned that these dots are a ‘repeat’ sign which means that we needed to go back to the beginning and play the piece again.

These dots under the notes (we didn’t discuss this today but it’s worth mentioning) are called ‘staccato’ which mean you should play them as short notes. You can say the letter ‘t’ while you are playing the note as this helps to make the notes very short.

We clapped the rhythm on page 6 and 7 to help us when we play the notes.

Theory of music

For our theory this week we gave the rhythm cards a rest. We looked at musical stave of 5 lines with a treble clef.

We followed the treble clef with our fingers and noticed it circled the ‘G’ line and learned that it is sometimes called the ‘G’ clef.

On one side the lines were in colour and the other they were black as you would find music in a book.

The laminated notes ‘B/A/G’ an be used to place them on the stave. The B goes on the middle line, the A on the space below the B and the G goes on the line below the A.

There are lots of thing you can do with this laminated music stave.

You can:

  • Use a dry wipe pen and practise drawing the treble clef.
  • Arrange the notes in different orders to make up a 3 note composition and play it on your recorder.
  • Use a dry wipe pen and write your own notes with tails (the line that comes from the note and goes up).
  • Write your own crotchets and quavers and also crotchet rest.

As each new note is added we can add another note to our stave. We can then do all of the above bullet points with our new added note.

If you are learning along with us and can’t get to our lesson then here is the PDF of the music stave you can download and print off.





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