Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Plantation Estates recorder class

I have been enjoying teaching a recorder class at Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC for a little over a year and the group is doing great!  We have 10 folks counting me with two tenors, two altos and five sopranos.  I have arranged some songs for the group and we also play some arrangements from Eleanor McNair (see previous post).  Below are several recordings of our group playing. We are missing several folks on these recordings, so I will do some more when everyone is there.

The Ash Grove traditional Welsh, arranged by Carol Raedy

Morning Has Broken words by Eleanor Farjeon, traditional melody, arranged by Carol Raedy

Eleanor's recorder group

I have the pleasure of playing music every Friday with Eleanor McNair and the recorder group that she started over 10 years ago.  Eleanor arranges many of the songs that we play.  I love that we play so many different kinds of songs.  The latest song is Arkansas Traveler numbered 363 in our books.  I have started recording some of the pieces that we play that are Eleanor's (and our) favorites.

For the Beauty of the Earth medley arranged by Eleanor with a little help from her son David

Largo by Handel  arranged by Eleanor - We always end with this each week.

Walking at Night  Czech Folk Song - arranged by Eleanor

Bless Now, O God, the Journey Swedish Folk Song - arranged by Eleanor

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Morning Has Broken for SAT recorders

Here is an arrangement that I wrote for SAT recorders.
Click here to listen to it as played by Plantation Estates Recorder Class

Monday, February 6, 2012

Plantation Estates recorder class

I will be teaching a new recorder class at Plantation Estates.  The organizational  meeting will be on Monday, February 13 in the craft room.  Bring your recorder if you have one.  If you don't, we will order one for you and have it by the next meeting.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

lessons available

I don't have any classes scheduled at this time, but I am available to teach lessons.  You can also take a recorder class at CPCC or the introduction to Early Music class which will involve singing and playing recorders.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Key of F

Here is the fingering chart for Key of F and also a few exercises.  You can use the alternate fingering for high E, but I only gave one fingering to make it easier to read.  Practice your G scale also to get the contrast between playing with one flat and no sharps (Key of F) and one sharp and no flats (Key of G). 

Key of F

Friday, March 5, 2010

major v. minor

The last post was about keys.  Every major key has what's called a relative minor.  The relative minor to C major is A minor.  To play the relative minor, play the same notes in the C major scale but start on A and end on A.  This changes the pattern of whole steps and half steps which makes it sound totally different.  The relative minor is two steps in the scale down from the major key.  For example:  G major goes to E minor,  F major goes to D minor,  A major goes to F# minor.

Twinkle, Twinkle in 3 major keys and one minor

Fingering Chart for Soprano Recorder (keys of C, G, D, F)

Morning Has Broken (key of C)