With just one or two exercises per new note or music element (eighth notes, staccato, etc), the emphasis of this book is on learning through playing melodies. There are at least four songs per new note (after B and A). Some of the duets are intended for the teacher to play the second part. There are a few pencil activities, as well as a fingering chart of all soprano recorder notes. - Kathy
It's Recorder Time
By Alfred D'Auberge and Morton Manus
Soprano recorder method book - original, folk, classical and familiar songs, with many duets and 2 trios. Musical concepts (time signature, measures, etc.) are reviewed along the way and each piece includes breath marks for phrasing. Familiar songs have a verse of the lyrics shown. Includes a brief introduction to the recorder family, technique and note values and symbols.
For grades 3-4 and up.
Note Progression: B, A, G, high C, high D, F, E, D, F#, Bb, low C.
Contents: The Recorder Family (soprano, alto, tenor, bass, big (C) bass, sopranino); Preface (how to hold the recorder, production of tone, care of the recorder); Getting Acquainted with Music (notes, staff, treble clef).
Let's Play with B
Let's Play with A - And Away We Go.
And Down to G - Merrily, The Animal Fair, Au Clair de la Lune, 3 Blind Mice (duet).
Up to C - Happy New Year (duet), Riddle Song, Liverpool Chantey, Hot Cross Buns, Barcarolle (duet, with preparation exercises).
Up to D - I Know Where I'm Going, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Aura Lee (duet), Rhythm-E-Tick (pencil exercise - find the total number of beats for the notes shown), Jingle Bells (duet), Good King Wenceslas (duet).
And Now to F - Exercise in Leaps, Canon, Eighth Note Exercises, Shortnin' Bread, Lightly Row (duet), Christmas Is Coming.
Down to E - Musette from Anna Magdalena's Notebook (duet), Village Polka, Big City Polka, Alpine Song (duet), Up On the Housetop.
Low D - Time to Get Up, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Carnival of Venice, Red River Valley, Big Rock Candy Mountain.
F# - O Come All Ye Faithful (duet), Donkey Round, Row Row Row Your Boat (trio), Down In the Valley (duet), When the Saints Go Marching In (duet), Magic Block Puzzle (pencil exercise), Merry Widow Waltz (trio), Dotted Quarter Note Exercises, Our Boys Will Shine Tonight, Far Above Cayuga's Waters, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Theme from a Mozart Sonata (duet), Staccato Exercises, Oats and Beans and Barley Grow, Rakes of Mallow.
Bb - Oh Susanna, 10 Little Indians.
Low C - Lavendar's Blue (duet), Hymn from Finlandia, Way Down Upon the Swanee River, Scarborough Fair, The First Noel; Note Chart for the Soprano Recorder.
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