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Thread #106236   Message #2197097
Posted By: Tootler
18-Nov-07 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: Easy instrument to learn
Subject: RE: Easy instrument to learn
I have been playing recorder regularly for more than 25 years, though mostly in more classical settings. It is a good session instrument and though I have been learning to play flute more recently I always take a descant recorder to sessions and will usually play it, if only to give my arms a rest from holding the flute. I prefer to play recorder than whistle.

One way to move on with recorder is to get a tenor. It has a mellow tone and is very useful to have if there are too many whistles in the session. The tenor is excellent for playing slow airs. You do need to get used to the stretch, though they tend not to be as bad as low whistles in that respect.

I took my bass recorder to Folkworks summer school this year and it went down really well. I used it in a band for accompanying singing. where it really helped the texture of the accompaniment.

If you can't manage a mouth organ, then forget melodeon or anglo concertina. I am happy with "suck blow" instruments but they are not for everyone.