Why We All Learned To Play The Recorder

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When we were kids, we all had music class. And before we got to choose the instruments we wanted to play in school, we were required to play the recorder. I was never really great at playing this plastic instrument. The sound is resonating in my mind, as I write this. I was always jealous of my fellow music mates who got a white one, which was not a common color in my school. Mine was a murky brown and the tab at the mouthpiece was the white color, I wished my whole recorder was.

For those that don’t know or never were required to learn the recorder, it is a woodwind musical instrument in the group known as internal duct flutes—flutes with a whistle mouthpiece. It had a thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: three for the upper hand and four for the lower. It was an instrument we were required to take in grade school and it was apparently a way to get us children encouraged and excited about playing an instrument longterm.

The fun of annoying our friends and parents was when we would blow these flute-related instruments harder than “normal” making a very loud, shrill and penetrating sound. Anytime we practiced, this shrilling noise was bar for the course because we intentionally made it all the time!

Good times! Great memories! But, I hope I never have to see, let alone play, another recorder again! As I am sure my parents feel the same! That sound I made with mine was awful!! When you see the video below (click link), you’ll totally get it!



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