Do It! Play Recorder is a good recorder method for upper elementary and up. It has a wealth of material in many musical styles and teaches many notes. There are written variations on songs to play as well as opportunities to create your own variation. Aural transposition is also developed with instructions to play a song “by ear” starting on a different note. -Kathy
Do It! Play Recorder Book One
By James Froseth
Book and Downloadable MP3s
Grades 4 and up including adult beginners
This book now includes free MP3 downloads for the entire book!
This soprano recorder method book (student book) has a theme and variation format that allows students to progress at their own pace. Features various ensemble options throughout the book - a song may have the main melody, optional duet part and several optional ostinato parts listed. Includes international folk songs, a variety of styles (jazz, country swing, reggae, etc.) and music of early times (12th century, etc.).
Familiar songs will often have a verse or two of the lyrics listed; a few foreign language songs give a verse of the original lyrics with a singable translation underneath. Each song lists related CD tracks (available separately); many also include a short note on the musical style used for the accompaniment. Short notes on various musical concepts (slur, tonality, improvisation, canon, 1st and 2nd endings, etc.) are interspersed throughout the book.
Also includes a 2-page music signs and symbols dictionary, a 4-page music terms dictionary, a 2-page rhythm pattern dictionary and English (baroque) and German fingering charts.
Note Progression: B, A, G, high C, high D , F#, E, D, opt. high E, opt. high G, F, C.
Contents: Fingering Chart, Recorder Embouchure, Instrument and Hand Positions, Breathing and Breath Control, Imaginary Breath Control Experiment, Articulation, Starting the Tone, Music Signs and Symbols Dictionary.
First Tones - B, A, G: Hot Cross Buns (quarter notes), Notes, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Au Claire de la Lune, Down By the Station, Fais Do Do, Stepping and Skipping (theme with 2 variations), Hot Cross Buns (with eighth notes), Taking Turns Duet, Rocket Cruiser, More Notes, Eighth Notes Duet.
New Note High C: Cobbler Cobbler (and Variation), Juba (and Variation), Barcarolle, Polka (and Variation), Jacob Drink (and Variation), Shave and a Haircut, Waltz Theme (with 3 variations), Golya Golya Gilice, Champaigne Branle.
New Note High D: The Blues in D, Notes (solo or duet), Stepping and Skipping (solo or duet), Hush My Baby, Lady My (2-part round), Be-a-Round (4-part round), Lightly Row, Lightly Row - Quick Time, Norwegian Dance, Round Dance (4-part round), Shepherd's Hey (with 2 variations), Day Is Done (4-part round).
New Note F#: A Paris (solo or duet), Vesper Hymn (solo or duet), We Are Met (4-part round), Silent Silent (solo or duet), Bubble Gum Duet, French Cathedrals (3-part round), Some Folks Do (solo or duet), 2 Birds (4-part round), Rooster Round (5-part round).
New Note E: Rain Rain, Au Clair de la Lune, Fais Do Do, S'evivon Round (2-part round), Baa Baa Black Sheep (with separate harmony part), The Birch Tree, By the Fireside (for 1 to 4 players), Nonsense Song, Hatikvah.
New Note Low D: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for 1 to 4 players), Aural Transposition page (gives a list of songs to play, starting on different notes and transposing by ear), Little Tom Tinker (4-part round; with 1 variation), Oats Peas Beans, Early Round, Challenge Round 1, Challenge Round 2, Little Bells of Westminster (4-part round with 2 variations), Tallis Canon (4-voice canon), Doctor Fell (4-part round), Patsy Ory-Ory-Aye, Sur le Pont d'Avignon (solo, duet, or up to 6 part ensemble), Singing Goose (4-part round), Santy Maloney (4-part round), Juba (for 1 to 3 players), Bouffons (solo or duet), Merry Branle, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, My Dame's Lame Tame Crane, Jacob Drink (for 1 to 5 players), The Frogs (4-part round with 1 variation), Oh How Lovely Is the Evening (3-part round), Cuckoo Song, Round Evening, Round Evening 2, Row Row Row Your Boat (4-part round with 1 variation), Up On the Housetop.
Optional Notes High E and High G: Mexican Hat Dance (for 1 to 3 players), Dance A-Round Once, Dance A-Round Twice, Dance A-Round Thrice, Jingle Bells (for 1 to 3 players), Amazing Grace, Aura Lee, Sleep Baby Sleep (for 1 to 3 players), The Hart He Loves the High Wood (4-part round), The Shining Moon (with 7 variations), Scotland's Burning- 2/4 Time (with 1 variation), Scotland's A-Burning- 6/8 Time (with 1 variation), Sing Noel (3-part round).
New Note F: Waltz (solo or duet), Thou Poor Bird (4-part round), Echen Confites, Intry Mintry.
New Note Low C: Song of the Donkey (mixolydian mode), Tide and Time (2-part round), Scarborough Fair (dorian mode), Do It- Improvise page (Cobbler Cobbler, Rain Rain and Blues in D each listed with different tones to improvise).
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