Dr Downing Music

Recorder Technique Doctor

Descant recorder, alto (treble) recorder and tenor recorder.

Learn how to play your recorder with confidence.

Dr Downing's Recorder Technique Doctor will show you how.

Written especially for parents and non-specialist music teachers. With Peter Bowman's excellent method, you can use any tutor book or primer for beginners yet still make sure your children get the basics right.

Older children and adult players will find many useful techniques.

How NOT to half-hole the recorder!By Peter Bowman.

Normal tutor books and primers concentrate on musical notation.  They also frequently 'dumb down' technique and often get it wrong.  With Dr Downing's Recorder Technique Doctor, you can make sure that any errors in tutors are rectified. Click on sample page.

Peter  shows you the correct way to hold your recorder, how to get a beautiful, full sound, how to play loud and soft and together with his Professional Recorder Fingering Chart, how to play in tune.

In addition to troubleshooting your problems, Peter also covers embouchure techniques, thumb techniques, dynamics,  fingerings and tonguing.

Do you have problems like these?

1. I know that playing long notes is the best way to develop a good sound but they're boring! Isn't there a more pleasant way?

2.  When I play slow music, my notes sound uneven and strangled. Why?

3. I'm always having to stop for breath after a couple of bars. How can I improve my breath control?

4. I often find the lowest notes impossible to play.

5. After playing for a short while, my right hand begins to hurt and my shoulders feel stiff.

6. I can't get notes in the upper register cleanly. Some notes sound very woolly.

7. When I play together with other recorder players it sounds dreadful. Everyone's instrument seems to sound different, particularly if they're in different registers like descant with tenors. What's wrong?

Holding the recorder properly8. I play the tenor recorder and find that my right thumb becomes very painful after a short while.

9. Click on picture on the right.

10. My tenor recorder will not play notes above A (1st ledger line above treble clef). What's wrong?

11. I can't get my fingers and tongue to work together.

This is an unsolicited E-mail from a customer in Plymouth, MN, Dr Craig Humphries:

"I received the book in about 4 days and I Love it.

It's the best thing I have seen and I am recommending to my teacher and all his students.
"

 
Craig Humphries


Recorder Technique Doctor by Peter Bowman.  How to improve your fingering and technique.The recorder is an often underrated instrument but played properly and well, you will be amazed.

Get the best from your recorder and enjoy your playing more.

Click on the book to buy it.

 

Check the Advanced Recorder Technique Doctor and Professional Recorder Fingering Chart

 

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