I get the impression that some recorders are more fussy than others, elemimele... and I guess moving between treble and descant might be a source of conflict as well... Maybe you're just doing something different? And I don't think recorders like changes in the weather (like we've been having here recently)... Even a longer fingernail (or one cut too short) can be enough to throw me sometimes... Hopefully, it will pass...
Posted Yesterday, 20:19
I wish I could claim it were the instrument, Zixi (you're very kind), but it's definitely me; it's my main practice instrument which is the model I've played since first I began. I think it's that different pieces bring out different problems, and I've just hit a new problem - all another opportunity to learn. You're right about fingers: a minor gardening issue can throw me completely (thorn in a finger, minor cut or whatever). Sometimes also a good clean helps my recorder.
Posted Today, 07:14
elemimele - I think different pieces do bring out different issues and sometimes they cause them. I've had to address (bottom) D#/ E flat because of the way it's required in a piece I'm learning. The speed it's required means I can't hang around hoping to hit it . Sympathies over the gardening - we have a few roses which a previous owner allowed to return to root stock... they're not rosa rugosa but more like a dog rose and their one aim in life appears to be to stop me from playing recorder! The hips make a wonderful cooking wine (and the birds love their protection) or they and I would have likely fallen out!
I've got what I hope isn't a stupid question but I'm curious about how people practice. Do you have something you always do first to 'warm up' or what? My husband uses Hanon (piano) and warms up with that... I just launch into things though I do try to end on a positive note (sorry). I'm wondering if I ought to be more methodical... I keep a careful record every week of what I've done...
Posted Today, 10:13
I'm curious about how people practice. Do you have something you always do first to 'warm up' or what?
I usually start by whipping through the complete Staeps' The Daily Lesson, doing the whole book in about the 40 minutes he recommends.
Then I wake up, have breakfast, etc etc, and by the time I get around to doing any recorder, I just dive straight in to whatever I am playing at the time. Most of what I'm playing at the moment is in either A minor or D minor so I have taken to spending a few minutes on each scale at the beginning. I've pretty much decided that I'm playing, not practising. I mean that seriously - I have no intention of ever playing in public or anything like that, it's all purely for my own enjoyment, so I just play, and trust that I'll get better as I go along. I do have ambitions about some harder pieces that are things I like and want to be able to play one day, but I fear that a serious practice regimen would spoil much of my enjoyment while not having much in the way of real benefit. Maybe if I had more time I would do more in the way of studies and exercises, but for now, I'm happy to go with the flow.