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hello everybody I'm Sarah I'm regarded

that more specifically today a base

record player today I'm going to explain

to you how to get into playing the bass

recorder which instruments buy some tips

and what you should be playing in this

video I am going to assume that you can

already play one of the other sizes of

recorder and that you want to start

trying out the beset as a new member of

family the bass Ramona is a fantastic

instrument it can sound beautiful as a

solo instrument but it's also the

foundation of ensemble or contour

playing so if you are thinking is going

for it good choice so I'm going to

explain a bit about the naming of these

instruments now when we say based

recorder we actually refer to a whole

section of the recorder family that is

this size but it's actually the

smallness of the bass recorders so that

reason we refer to this one is deep set

because it's been dipped out of aces

this one isn't FTS effect the next size

up is typically referred to as the great

bass of debate then we have the Contra

bass or F bass then we have the sub grid

space and the soft contrabass so to call

this one just the bass recorder is

actually a little bit confusing so first

things first which instrument should you

buy to start off with if you're not sure

if you want to invest in a wooden model

yes I can really recommend the Yamaha

Bessette my first set was this the

Yamaha model and I can really recommend

it it's in plastic and I remember I paid

around 200 for it this is while ago the

things I like about this desert is that

it does have a good sound for a classic



because of traffic is also very light in

the beginning saying that the set can

feel a bit heavy on the hands and

shoulders so this is quite like it has a

built in some rest and I use that a lot

when I playing for the other man I'm

going to support the instrument it has

keys for your third four and kinky

fingers and that actually means the

stretch of this instrument is less than

ten and as you can see it has a bent

neck it is great because it's directly

blown you have that big sound but it

enables you to lift your hands up a

little bit my other defect that I have

is actually also by Yamaha there's a

nice wooden concert version and this one

you can also play directly but it's not

them it's just a straight neck but you

can also choose to fit on the cap and

the crop my Yamaha concert instrument

also came with a separate middle during

this a bit longer as a kind of sporty

scene so this one is modern pitch and

this one is the rock now I actually

don't have any experience with other

modern wooden cassette recorders but I

know there are good models by kun and by

Mullen power if you have experience

please share it below because this

oppression that comes up a lot this

brings me to transfer

how to read music for the recorder now

the set recorder is in app you can read

it in the travel class the same as your


however the service is often notated in

bass clef so the letters note is the

instrument looks like this on the face

and the C roll looks like this this

piece is all actually notated an octave

lower than it sounds that that doesn't

have to worry on this kind seem

confusing at first but actually you get

used to it really quickly all of this I

cover in great detail in my video how to

transpose so come around here there

should be a link taking you to that

video most things that there are written

in the bass clef in this manner so I

really recommend firming sometimes

getting that into your arrays so which

books can you buy and what can you play

on the other set recorder the books I

really recommend to the fifth up

recorder are these workshops based

recorder published by Universal edition

these are so comprehensive and have so

much information and great repertoire in

them they managed to make it sound good

even when it's really really simple so

you don't feel restricted or like you're

missing out for example we begin with in

under s good dance the other instruments

up yesterday with her name I guess the

Fernando model and the Baker so you can

get used to your function in the group

debate and get me Sevigny fingerings

they get progressively harder until in

book three until in book three you are

playing tannin duet with two base

recorders you also have the base

recorder handbook by Dennis Bloodworth

this was already published thirty years

ago and demographer like his tone of

writing is a little bit faisehood like

he says higher notes may be possible but

it is debatable that they are desirable

so I think how to size up myself

I'm human in any case this shows the a

fingering chart all of the notes and

then a lot of repertoire that you can

play and this goes pretty as balance

pretty quickly

it's definitely assuming that you are

already quite proficient on another size

of instrument but if you want tuning to

really get your piece into this is very

work out where to breathe before drying

soda and the other book I found is the

bass recorder album published by shop

and it's a piano a compliment and it's

just a very sweet short book with five

little pieces in it


the thing I recommend to do most of all

is to find some console many songs

console music and practice playing the

bass line there are so many books of

Consort pieces if you're already playing

an ensemble simple follow the bass parts

from the off the set playing colleagues

and practice those and also so much

condensing music for the December


I can't possibly list it all here that

sounds very vague but you know you can

search for any contemporary piece at

into my little book a whole bunch of

tips for playing Bessette recorder which

I shall now impart upon you

tip number one blowing this is a much

bigger instrument than your auto or

tanner it needs a lot more air but that

air needs to be a lot slower whereas the

high instruments you've got a fast air

stream of cold air bass instruments

respond much better to a wide flow air

stream of warm air and you need to fill

the whole instrument up this may pay for

some time to get used to that do a

little bit every day and you'll be used

to it in no time tips to articulation if

you don't articulate enough your

cassette recorder can end up sounding a

bit mushy and wooly especially if you're

playing in an ensemble so have really

nice crisp clear articulation you could

go so far and it wouldn't sound terrible

three some of the fingerings are

slightly different now it's a much

bigger instrument in terms of physics

it's going to react slightly different

to a smaller instrument for example the

East lap with the alto we often use four

or five and six with most success you

don't need to use your right hand at all

hmm another nice cheap fingering it's a

high C sharp which would normally be

this here you play type C put down five

six and seven and you get beautiful and

this fingering often works of talents as

well number four if you are finding that

is heavy or you're finding this holding

the instrument uncomfortable of course

you can always wear a sling most the set

recorders have a little hook on the back

that you can attach your swing to and

this helps express the weight over your

hands and arms and also your back and


maybe it works maybe it doesn't I play

mine without the sling but that's as me

number five your function if you are

playing in the ensemble all of a sudden

you are most likely the baseline the

foundation everybody should be listening

to you and everybody should actually be

tuning to you if you blow too little and

your recorder goes flat that's going to

cause the problem for the group or

especially if you have a classic


you're blowing too much tap it's also

gonna cause problems of the group so

zuzia whether as the bass player your

function is very different than the

melody line or the middle inner voices

you are providing a solid foundation no


so this reason number six is really

important take the time to get to know

your new instrument

there's only practice two pieces that

you might be playing in a group practice

a lot of long notes so you can feel how

it was fun a lot of scales chords and

also try out your pieces that you would

normally play on some other instruments

yes it's a bigger recorder that it can

still be very agile and if you can

create a beautiful melody line as this

you were playing its elements to market

or something it's really good to try

that out on your beset recorder as well

now people ask me all the time can i

play this music on this instrument even

though it's written for something else

my answer is always of course you can

play whatever you want on anything if

you're finding that your brain is

getting a bit tired of reading bass clef

but physically you're feeling good keep

playing your cassette recorder but just

play something from one of your other

instruments on it you can also still

read in the treble clef and the other

way around if your brain is on fire and

you're feeling great that your hands or

your body is getting a bit tired of this

stretch then you could also practice

reading in bass clef on your elbows and

then my last tip is do a list

bit everyday in the beginning it will

probably take time to build up the

weight of the new instrument stretch of

your hand the amount of you has to blow

and the concentration for reading a new

class just final ten minutes every day

will make much more of a difference than

spending ten hours one day and then you

don't touch it again three weeks that's

all I can think back for now that's

quite a lot of information do you have

pips or getting into the de set recorder

what has worked for you

and what has not worked for you I would

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going to put a link to my video on how

to transpose and how to switch between

different sizes recorder thanks for

watching teen recorder you are all

brilliant I just want to say that thanks

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