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Recorder Connections



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Recorder Connections
By Paul Bakeman
Book and CD  
48 pages
Grades 4-5 and up

A beginning soprano recorder method book for group or individual use. 24 fun songs feature clever, interesting accompaniments on the included CD (CD also has 5 tracks for rhythm practice). Two tracks are given for each song: a demonstration track with recorder and accompaniment and a performance track with just the accompaniment part. Original melodies and familiar folk songs are used; the songs are full-length (not just 10-20 seconds long).

Unaccompanied exercises and familiar songs review important concepts and provide an opportunity for students to have extra practice on progressively more difficult passages. The recorder part for the first song uses only the note B, while the last song uses every note presented throughout the text. The songs are in a wide variety of styles, including Celtic, Calypso, Reggae, Blues, Latin and other contemporary styles. Notes throughout the book introduce more musical terms or give information on world cultures and historical events. The book pages may be reproduced for use with the purchaser's students; the CD is not reproducible but is available separately by itself (item 850189) for home practice use.   

Note Progression: B, A, G, high C, high D, E, high E, low D.   


  • Let's Play Our First Note (4 exercises to practice B)
  • Recorder Mission
  • Moving on to A (4 exercises)
  • Groovin' on A
  • First Flight
  • Play B & A Together (4 exercises; also 3 exercises to write in the letter name and then practice playing the notes)
  • Nacho Mama
  • A Cool Breeze
  • Everest
  • Your Next Note G (3 exercises)
  • One Giant Step
  • Hot Cross Buns (unaccompanied)
  • Snub Ssorc Toh (unaccompanied)
  • Pierrot (unaccompanied)
  • Merrily We Roll Along (unaccompanied)
  • Duet Right (unaccompanied)
  • Hot BAG
  • Phunky
  • Mary Had a Little BAG
  • March of the Minutemen
  • Rainforest
  • Trinidad
  • Let's Learn About Triplets (3 exercises)
  • An Irish BAG
  • Now Let's Play C (3 exercises)
  • The Staircase (unaccompanied)
  • Juba (unaccompanied)
  • No Time to Rest (unaccompanied)
  • Stonehenge
  • Recorder Hip-Hop
  • Red Hot Cha-Cha
  • Movin' up to High D (3 exercises)
  • Finger Workout (7 exercises)
  • The Spirit of the Wind
  • U.F.R.
  • Ludwig's Groove
  • Down to Low E (3 exercises)
  • Rain Rain (unaccompanied)
  • Some Folks Do (unaccompanied)
  • A Nonsense Song (unaccompanied)
  • Storm-e
  • Up to High E (3 exercises)
  • Island Daydream
  • Robot Dance
  • Time for Low D (3 exercises)
  • Who's That Tapping at the Window (unaccompanied)
  • Hot Cross Buns (difficult version; unaccompanied)
  • Green Gravel (unaccompanied)
  • Cool Cat Blues


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I am helping with girl's camp for our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) We are doing a mini recorder camp each day and I wanted a simple, but fun book and CD to use for this camp.

I am familiar with the book, because I have used it with elementary school children in our music program.
Lisa S on May 11, 2013
My son is learning the recorder at school and expressed interest in owning this book.
David A on Mar 19, 2012
We used some of the songs in this book during m y level 1 Orff certification. The original arrangements and fun accompaniments will really help get my 4th graders more interested in learning the recorder and engaged in lessons! I can't wait to get started with it!!
Heidi T on Jan 9, 2013
Recommended by another teacher.
Margaret S on Mar 14, 2012

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