Year 4

Recorders

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September 2020

Click this button for all the tunes, demos and backing tracks:

Week 9/Tues 10th

1. Keep working on Jingle Bells

    When you can play it slowly and neatly, try speeding up a bit.

    If you can already play low D, E F# you might like to start learning the verse.

2. We did these exercises with low D,

                  D, G D, / D, A D, / D, B D, / D, C D, / D, D' D,

    Try to do them every day!

3.  Some of us started learning the recorder part for the Miley Cyrus song

     'Midnight Sky' - it's here.

4.  Keep playing all the tunes and exercises we've done so far this term

Week 6

1. Practice Walking the Dog

2. Practice It's Another Rainy Day

3. Some groups learnt how to play a D (click here) and started Toad in a Hat

Everybody will do this in next week's lesson but have a go now if you feel ready!

Weeks 4 & 5

1. Keep practising Merrily if you are still finding it hard.

    Try it with the piano accompaniment and the 'band' accompaniment

3. Try  these exercises:

3. Practice 'Walking the Dog' - some of us started it this week.    

A C A __
G A B C __
B C B __
A B C __
C B A __
C B A G__
G A B C B A G__

Bass recorder

Week 3

1. We practised changing between notes today. Do these exercises first:

G G A __
G A B __
A A B __
B A G __
B B A __
A A G __

Remember to start each note with

your tongue : 'Dee'

2. Then we learnt to play Merrily (click here) 

Practise it lots. I'm going to ask you to play it on your own next week!!

3. Try these exercises too:

G A G __
A B A __
B A B __
A G A __

and...

G B G __

Tenor

4. We've looked at 3 sizes of recorder now:

Descant

Treble

Learn these names!

Here are two versions of a 20th century piece for tenor recorder:

Week 2

Well done with the  first 3 notes!

This week we learnt how to start notes with our tongues, by whispering 'Dee' at the start of every note.

We played 'Cups of Tea' - it sounded amazing for a first try!

That's all we had time for unfortunately, but I wanted to play you this video:

It was composed by Telemann (who also wrote the piece I played you at the start of the lesson) 288 years ago. 

The recorder player in the video is Frans Bruggen. He recorded it in 1967, when I was just 7 years old! He was easily the best recorder player in the world at the time. He's playing a treble recorder which is over 300 years old.

Week 1

Practice the first 3 notes: G A B

Remember!

- left hand at the top.

- hold your recorder between your lips not your teeth.

- cover the holes carefully with the soft bits of your fingers.

- try to do 5 minutes practice every day

- BE PATIENT

...and one day you might sound like this!

 

RECORDERS

Year 5

- Please start working on 'Ode to Joy' here

Listen to the demo to get the rhythm of the 2nd half.

Extra help here

Version without the letters here

- Keep practising 'Bransle' here

Especially the quavers in the 3rd line - are you ready to go a bit faster?

Extra help here

Version without the letters here

- Keep playing 'Sur le Pont d'Avignon' here

Old tunes (Book 1) are here; new tunes (Book 2) are here

Everybody should have a recorder now.
Please make sure it has your name on it - we don't want them to get mixed up!

Reminders:

   1. Left hand at the top.

   2. Start every note by whispering 'Dee' with your tongue.

We have a few new people who haven't played before. Don't worry, we'll try to catch you up!

You might like to look at the Year 4 work - they've only just started playing too.

BANDLAB

Get logged in and start playing with it at home if you can . Click here.

Year 6

 

Monday

Friday

Groups

Practice!

1. Start by just buzzing your lips. (click here)

4. Check you understand crochets, minims          and semibreves (click here)

Please remember to bring your instruments to school on these days:

2. Then with your mouthpiece (click here)

3. Practice the first 5 notes: C D E F G (click here)

5. Do the clapping exercises (click here)

6. Do the C & G reading exercises (click here)

6B Brass Players

7. C Jam Blues (click here)

8. Headbanger Blues (click here)

6Y Music Technology / Bandlab

- Record something by playing the on-screen keyboard. 
- Change the instrument sound and the tempo.

- Make a drum track and try making a bass part to go with it.

There's a video to help you here.