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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000046.txt from 2001/02

From: (William Wright)
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: question about recorders
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 09:38:03 -0500

<><> Anne=A0Bell wrote:
Bill, by all means try it! [snip] I would second the recommendation
for Yamaha recorders- they're very reasonably priced and tune and play

I have one in my hand as I type! <smile> Today was my music
lesson, and I bought Yamaha's $9.95 children's recorder while I was in
the store.

Grant Green was correct (not that I doubted him). The least
expensive recorders play two octaves of chromatic scale; but what really
*surprised* me was when the technician told me that a penny whistle can
do this also.
I have two whistles at home, and I had tried the cross-fingerings
that Grant mentioned on both whistles (one is a straight cylinder and
the other is tapered) without success before I left home. So I was
convinced that whistles can't do it. However the store's technician
gave me a halting demonstration that it *can* be done.
He said that he once heard a world class recorder virtuoso (I
forget the name) play Gershwin --- Rhapsody in Blue or American in Paris
or similar --- on a tin whistle with note bending and all the rest of

For those who are wondering why a clarinetist would want a recorder
or whistle: I have a semi-compulsive streak in me. Once I put my
clarinet together, I can't force myself to put it away again until my
chops are exhausted. This means that on my lesson day, I can't allow
myself to play until I get to the music store late in the afternoon.
When I feel a desperate need to play _something_, I can relieve the need
by playing a whistle (or now a recorder).


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