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Daily Recorder Exercises

by Peter Billam

for Recorder in F

© Peter J Billam, 1995

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This printing 15 February 2014.

with the tongue and all the fingers moving simultaneously so that no ugly scrunching sounds mar the transition. and hence even in D major.pjb. and unless the player has practised in this key. and develops into a large thing which has its own identity and beauty. was added recently because I noticed that while sight-reading I was playing the major arpeggios with greater fluency than minor ones. The goal when practising should be to let each note sing strongly and sweetly right from its very first moment to its very last. Why should recorder players practice in remote keys like F# major ? Because in almost every piece in B minor. the sweet singing line will begin to join up from note to note. The third page. Peter J Billam www. Systematic technical exercises such as these are less used by recorder players than other . that passage is always the one which spoils the whole movement. These exercises should also be of value to other woodwind instruments such as flute. As the transitions become flawless. but they are very effectice in generating a maximum of fluency from a minimum of playing time. and then to change cleanly into the next note. in this case F# major. when I was a tutor in the Recorder ’95 festival in Melbourne. oboe. there is some passage in the dominant. clarinet or saxophone. They should be used regularly every day. Daily Recorder Exercises The first two pages of these exercises date from ten minutes a day is far superior to one hour per week. of minor arpeggios.

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