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Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book 1

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Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book 1
Beginning with the Soprano Recorder
The Isabel McNeill Carley Orff Essentials Collection
By Isabel Carley
Book
63 pages

A beginner's primer and foundational guide to playing the soprano recorder. Eleven tightly integrated lessons introduce the student to the recorder repertoire and technique in short exercises that partner the teacher with the student. The emphasis is on a collaborative process that develops musical and technical skills by actually making music. From the beginning, there are songs for the student to play, improvisations to nurture the musical imagination, and ensemble materials to deliver the excitement of rhythmic layering and patterning.

This fourth edition teacher and student book retains the contents of the third edition with the addition of expanded reference and resource materials.

Contents:
Care of Your Recorder
Three Gapped Pentatonic Scales with Hand Signs
Reading, Writing and Saying Rests and Time Names - Tags - Guidelines

Part I: C PENTATONIC
Lesson 1:  New notes High C' and A  
Introduced:  Holding the SR, Echoing, Improvising, Rhythm patterns, Sight-reading 
Titles:  Goin' down to Cairo, March, Hew down the Tree

Lesson 2:  New note G
Introduced  Tonguing, Notation, Articulation, Q+A, Ostinati 
Titles:  Cross-legged Woman

Lesson 3:  Notes C, A, and G 
Introduced:  Improvising over an ostinato, Meters, Rests, tonal centers, Phrase length 
Titles:  Parade

Lesson 4:  New note Low E 
Introduced  E tonal center, Transposition, Song structure, Composition 
Titles:  Lanterns Light, Scherzo

Lesson 5:  New notes  High D' and low D 
Introduced:  D tonal center, Memorization, Arrangements, Syncopation, Dance form 
Titles:  Rondo, A Riddle, Come up Horsey, Three Cats 

Lesson 6:  New note Low C 
Introduced:  Finality 
Titles:  Fais Dodo, The Fisherman's Song, Rowing to Grandmother's House, Shady Grove, Fanfare for Recorder and Drum, The Bamboo Flute

Lesson 7:  New note High E' 
Introduced:  Longer forms, Improvised dance, Ambiguous tonal centers 
Titles:  Lullaby, Shoes of Deerskin, The Train, Flowers in June

Part II: G PENTATONIC
Lesson 8: New notes B 
Introduced: G scale, Rondo, irregular meter, triplets 
Titles:  My Dancing Top, Frogs Jumping, Hard Work for a Grain of Rice, Daily Growing, Nottamun Town, The Riddle Song     

Lesson 9: New note High G' 
Introduced:  Composing through improvisation  
Titles:  Longing for the Spring Breeze, Fanfare, The High Mountain

Part III: F PENTATONIC
Lesson 10: New note low F 
Introduced:  F scale, minor mode, Drone 
Titles:  The Big Drum and the Little Drum, Scottish Croon, Pretty Saro, A la Claire Fontaine, Cock Robin, Heavy Rain, Canoe Song

Lesson 11:  New note High F' 
Introduced:  Group improvisation 
Titles:  Harvest Festival, Gaelic Tune, Come O'er the Stream Charlie, The Farm Village, Hare Hunting, The Red-Cheeked Maiden, Dance

Resources:
Isabel McNeill Carley, Teacher: An Appreciation
Body Percussion Patterns, Combinations, Ostinato Patterns
About Pentatonic Scales and Modes: C Pentatonic, G Pentatonic, F Pentatonic

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