Recorders: advanced technique

Course Dates: 14/06/20 - 05/07/20
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Develop your playing technique through exercises, repertoire and ensemble music to improve double-tonguing, alternative fingerings, vibrato and finger control.


What is the course about?

This course covers advanced recorder techniques for players with at least two years of experience. You will learn how to double tongue and use a wider range of fingerings and articulation, as well as working on expressive techniques such as vibrato. The course will include a mixture of technical work and exercises, as well as advanced pieces and some ensemble repertoire.

What will we cover?

Double tonguing and varied articulation
- Using alternative fingerings to enhance dynamics and tone colour
- Improving finger control
- Expressive techniques, such as vibrato and some avant-garde playing styles.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a greater range of articulation when playing
- Use double tonguing for fast passages
- Play solo and ensemble music, using alternative fingerings and vibrato for a greater range of expression
- Enjoy an improved level of general technique in your recorder playing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at those who already have already played the recorder for around 2 years, and are interested in improving their playing technique. Repertoire and exercises will be of approximately Grade 5-6 standard.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally at least 20 minutes a session, 4 times per week).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to bring your recorder(s). Music and teaching material will be provided by the tutor. You can borrow, and may wish to buy, the ensemble music being studied.
Treble players may wish to purchase 10 Advanced Studies by Elizabeth Cooper [c. £7.50]
Descant / Tenor players may wish to buy Advanced Studies in Recorder Technique Book 1 by Guus
Haverkate [c. £9].

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also be interested in Advanced Recorder Consort and Ensemble, Improvising in Classical instrumental music, or one of our music appreciation courses in classical music.


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This course will improve your ability and confidence in general playing situations.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/12/2018)
If you think you’re pretty good on the recorder and have played it many years, and have got well past grade 5, you’ll be surprised you yet have to learn and master. ... yes, learn & master!
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Review by Catherine MacArthur / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Isobel Clarke

Dr Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, who completed her PhD in historical performance practice at the Royal College of Music, having received an AHRC Doctoral awards and a Douglas & Hilda Simmons award. She previously studied recorder performance at the RCM, with a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Isobel’s expertise includes the recorder’s practical use and social and musical status in the 17th century, the work of the early music pioneer Walter Bergmann, and chamber music of the 16th and 17trh centuries. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and plays both early and contemporary repertoires. At City Lit she teaches recorder from beginners to advanced, including specialist repertoire short courses, as well as Violin and String Ensemble classes.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: ME951B

Sun, day, 14 Jun - 05 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £54.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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