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Do It! Play Recorder, with its wealth of material, variety of musical styles, and notes taught, is great for older beginners – middle school and up. Some activities involve improvisation and aural transposition. The CD is high quality and uses real instruments.  -Kathy

Do It! Play Recorder Book One
By James Froseth.
Book and CD
48 pages
Grades 4 and up including adult beginners

This soprano recorder method book (student book) includes a 99-track CD - great for home practice! Theme and variations format 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; 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.

The included CD features classic and contemporary instruments; many songs have both a solo and an accompaniment track. 

This method is especially good for older grades and adult beginners.

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 partensemble), 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 & 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).

(**Some tracks on the CD are used for several songs or exercises in the book.)

CD Contents:

  • Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns (honky tonk style), Hot Cross Buns (rock & roll style)
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (bluegrass style), Mary Had a Little Lamb (reggae style), Mary Had a Little Lamb (rock & roll style)
  • Au Claire de la Lune, Au Claire de la Lune (minor tonality)
  • Down By the Station, Down By the Station (jazz style)
  • Fais Do Do, Fais Do Do (minor tonality)
  • Stepping and Skipping
  • Rocket Cruiser
  • Cobbler Cobbler
  • Juba, Juba (Latin rock style)
  • Barcarolle
  • Polka
  • Jacob Drink
  • Waltz
  • Golya Golya Gilice
  • Champaigne Branle
  • The Blues in D, The Blues in D (call & response)
  • Hush My Baby
  • Lightly Row, Lightly Row (country swing style), Lightly Row (quick time)
  • Norwegian Dance
  • Shepherd's Hey, Shepherd's Hey (quick time)
  • Jingle Bells (country style)
  • Little Tom Tinker
  • Oats Peas Beans
  • A Paris
  • Vesper Hymn
  • Silent Silent
  • Bubble Gum Duet
  • Some Folks Do (country style)
  • Rain Rain
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep (minor tonality)
  • Blues Rock (call & response)
  • The Birch Tree
  • By the Fireside
  • Nonsense Song
  • Hatikvah
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (swing style)
  • Patsy Ory-Ory-Aye
  • Sur le Pont d'Avignon
  • Bouffons
  • Merry Branle
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jolly Old St. Nicholas (jazz ballad style)
  • Jacob Drink
  • Oh How Lovely Is the Evening
  • Cuckoo Song, Cuckoo Song (jazz waltz style)
  • Up On the Housetop (rock & roll style), Up On the Housetop (swing style)
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • Amazing Grace, Amazing Grace (gospel style)
  • Aura Lee
  • Sleep Baby Sleep
  • The Shining Moon
  • Echen Confites
  • Intry Mintry
  • Song of the Donkey (mixolydian mode)
  • Scarborough Fair (dorian mode)


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Among beginner recorder method books with accomp. CDs, can't beat the value for the money. Favorite feature: the variety of musical styles that the CD introduces to the beginner - very useful, and offers a more satisfying musical experience, though beginners without a strong sense of rhythm and good ear (whether natural or developed) may find the intros difficult to enter in after.
Jill M on Sep 8, 2012
Our music teacher requested this.
Susan F on Apr 17, 2012
Excellent book
Glenda M on Aug 14, 2012
From the description it sounds like an awful lot of material, plus a CD, for so little money. What's the catch?

Can anyone compare this to the Trapp method book?
Jill M on Jan 24, 2012
Best Answer: I use this book for our Recorder Karate. We use about half the book in 3rd grade and the other half of the book in 4th grade. It is set up very much like a traditional band method book. It has a lot of information and I weed through what I think the kids need and then the rest is there for reference if they are interested. The CD is good and the students enjoy using it to practice along with and we play along with it in class as well.

Hope that helps. Happy "Recordering!"
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