Did you start playing on a recorder?

Did you begin your musical life on the recorder at primary school?


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andyp

Active Member
Another topic (signatures) set me off thinking about this, it seems a fair few of us cut our musical teeth on the recorder at primary school. Given that the time allowed for teaching of music in schools seems to be less and less (as more time is given to maths/english), does this mean that brass bands may get less young recruits as a result?
 

Keppler

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Afraid not..
my earliest musical experience (bar excercising the lungs at an early age) was 7 weeks of "rudiments of music" on an old blackboard in the bandroom.

Took about 7 years to graduate from "can hold cornet without much clue of what to do" to "can hold cornet with a certain amount of knowledge of what to do but alas the doing it is still hard"

I do think that it's a good system. With apologies to recorder enthusiasts, it's certainly easier to start of on one of these, encouraging youngsters to concentrate on ensemble playing, and boosting confidence early!
 

lynchie

Active Member
well... sort of... i played a recorder for about a week when I was 7, then realised it was taking up valuable eating time at lunch, so gave up (but kept the recorder... hehehe) then didn't play another instrument until I was 10.
 

cornetchap

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I started out on recorder at the age of about 7 and got by by watching the fingering of my stand partner :shock: Was chuffed when we both graduated from a treble to a tenor, because it had got a silver key on it :D

Can't remember any of the fingerings for the things now though.

Didn't get a brass instrument until my second pair of front teeth were through (wonder if that's why I'm a "pressure player" now)

Cheers, Greg.
 

PeterBale

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Not only started on recorder but kept on playing quite seriously up to senior school, where we had a recorder group ranging from sopranino (my favourite recorder) down to great bass. At one of our praise meetings last year one of our guest soloists was a member of the National Recorder Orchestra, and it was a joy to hear a recorder played really well, including some twentieth century works.
 

bigmamabadger

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My Dad started teaching me piano at 5, but I did start my group playing on recorder at about 8. Started trombone at 10 when Dad started playing again (after 21 years away!!), hated it, got my first cornet at 11 and loved it.
Continue to play piano for my own amusement, :lol: and make sporadic and unsuccessful forays into the world of the guitar. :cry:
BMB
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jameshowell

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Well properly started playing on recorder, but thankfully I saw the error of my ways soon enough!

But from when I was old enough to crawl I would always find my way onto the organ stool in my nan's living room and start mashing the keys, and when i was older I'd play "tunes" poorly.

But it obviously did me some good...
 

WoodenFlugel

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Yep I started on recorder too. Not long after though I started playing cornet and after a while gave up recorder because I couldn't stand the soggy spit covered wooden mouthpiece! :shock:
 
Didn't have much choice, everyone in my primary school was made to play them. We had loads of groups, bet the parents loved coming to our concerts, hours of recorder music and of course the beginner violin players!!! :shock: :shock:
 

cornetchap

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VenusTromster said:
... and of course the beginner violin players!!! :shock: :shock:
Uh don't! At the school my nipper will be going to next year they offer violin as an extra-curricular activity. I'm really hoping to steer him clear of that. Fortunately the junior school does have its own brass band (must be one of the few that does in Hertfordshire) and he can already get a low C out of my cornet (he's only 3).

My (or is it my nieghbours?) other fear is that he'll become a drummer as his uncle bought him a toy drum kit for Christmas :roll:

Cheers, Greg.
 
cornetchap said:
VenusTromster said:
... and of course the beginner violin players!!! :shock: :shock:
Uh don't! At the school my nipper will be going to next year they offer violin as an extra-curricular activity. I'm really hoping to steer him clear of that.
It is possible, my Mum managed to steer me clear she did it to stay sane! Trouble is I bet she never thought that she would have to put up with a beginner trombone player some years later!! :lol:
 

cornetchap

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VenusTromster said:
cornetchap said:
VenusTromster said:
... and of course the beginner violin players!!! :shock: :shock:
Uh don't! At the school my nipper will be going to next year they offer violin as an extra-curricular activity. I'm really hoping to steer him clear of that.
It is possible, my Mum managed to steer me clear she did it to stay sane! Trouble is I bet she never thought that she would have to put up with a beginner trombone player some years later!! :lol:
I'd rather listen to "cow farts" than a cat sliding down a blackboard with it's claws out (is anyone shuddering yet?)

Cheers, Greg.
 
cornetchap said:
I'd rather listen to "cow farts" than a cat sliding down a blackboard with it's claws out (is anyone shuddering yet?)

Cheers, Greg.
Yeah 'cow farts' have to be better, probably because I still play them!

There is no way I enjoy listening to a cat sliding its claws down a blackboard :hammer Thats why I think a recorder is a slighty better instrument to start on.
 

Accidental

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I started on piano when I was about 4, but did recorders at school and played treble in a "period" ensemble for a while - very odd bunch of people :? . Used to have a full set of recorders but got rid of them in a moment of madness, only got a sopranino now and hardly play it because it sends the dogs nuts. Believe it or not, recorders can sound good, it just takes a while to get past the whole tooth grating beginner-squeakiness (bit like violins!)
 

ScrapingtheBottom

Active Member
No 'fraid not - but I did play one a primary school. My mum was determined to make me musical so I started singing when I was 3 (!) and spent most of my formative years as an angelic choirboy (ha!). Started playing the cornet when I was 7, Tenor recorder at about 8 and trumpet at 8 too. Moved on to trombone when I was 12 (11 years ago). Had a go at learning the piano without much success and I can strum the guitar, but that doesn't count.
 

Lauradoll

Active Member
Thankfully not, our year for the recorder was missed out at primary school. Managed to get my hands on a baritone a few years later. Think my parents would have probably preferred the recorder but who cares!
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
Nope-
Started my musical life at the age of 3 with a lil guitar, those orange thingies with coloured keys you blew down (anyone remember them?! or had one?) ...and my dads piano which myself and brother managed to thump every now and again.
Had a recorder a bit later on in life... Never played it in with the primary schools I went to... left that to the others! ha!

;-)
 

jameshowell

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Linking back to my earlier post, my main musical start was mashing my grandparents' organ in their living room.

The offence can be seen in my Avatar :wink:
 
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