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Part Number and Description Price
DER1001 (Duschenes, Mario)
METHOD FOR ALTO RECORDER, BK I by Mario Duschenes/ Beginning Alto method that introduces the fundamentals of music notation and rhythm. It introduces the 27 notes that comprise the effective range of the recorder and deals with commonly encountered problems. Because it covers the entire range of notes in one volume it moves quickly. There are exercises and over 200 tunes (Canadian, American folk and popular Classical tunes). There is an explanatory introduction on musical notation, rhythm and the recorder. Includes fingering diagrams and chart. 48 pages. Suitable for older children and adults. In the back of the book there are ten easy duets for soprano & alto.
DER1001BKCD (Mario Duschenes)
METHOD FOR RECORDER, BK I with Accompaniment CD by Mario Duschenes / Beginning Alto method that introduces the fundamentals of music notation and rhythm. It introduces the 27 notes that comprise the effective range of the recorder and deals with commonly encountered problems. Because it covers the entire range of notes in one volume it moves quickly. There are exercises and over 200 tunes (Canadian, American folk and popular Classical tunes). There is an explanatory introduction on musical notation, rhythm and the recorder. Includes fingering diagrams and chart. 48 pages. Suitable for older children and adults. In the back of the book there are ten easy duets for soprano & alto.
DER1003 (Duschenes, Mario)
METHOD FOR THE RECORDER, BK II/ A comprehensive follow-up Alto method (assumes knowledge of all notes & rhythms) that makes use of the entire range of the instrument with appropriate pieces in many different keys. Topics covered include legato playing, double tonguing, improvisation, trills and other ornamentation, key transposition & playing from memory. Contains extensive scale & arpeggio work, exercises, folk & classical tunes, movements from Handel Sonatas & the complete recorder part from Brandeburgh Concertos 2 & 4 by J.S. Bach. 90 pages.
DER1010 (Duschenes, Mario)
DER1021 (Orr, Hugh)
BASIC RECORDER TECHNIQUE for ALTO RECORDER, Vol. 1 by Hugh Orr / An Alto method that covers breathing, tonguing, fingering, the positions of the hands and the production of a sustained tone. Concentrates on the first octave (a F scale) low F to middle G. There are over 90 tunes (mostly Renaissance and Baroque) and exercises. A lot of material is given for each note as it is introduced. Moves at a nice pace. This is an excellent method for beginning adults. 40 pages
DER1023 (Orr, Hugh)
BASIC RECORDER TECHNIQUE for ALTO RECORDER Vol. 2 by Hugh Orr / Continues from book 1 introducing notes up to high F until a 2 octave chromatic scale has been introduced. Emphasis is placed on the independent action of the left thumb in order to develop fluency in changing registers and control over upper notes. There are over 150 exercises and Renaissance and Baroque tunes. There are many very pretty and interesting rounds. A great deal of practice material is given for each note added. A basic single tongue is used through out the 2 volumes no articulations are introduced. Excellent method for beginning adults. Moves at a nice pace. 75 pages.
ED10079 (Dinn)
ED11469 (Bonsor, Brian)
ENJOY THE RECORDER, Treble Tutor, Book 1 Accompaniments and Notes for Teachers/ Contains 3 pages of notes for teachers with supplementary information throughout the book; the bulk of the book contains excellent piano accompaniments
ED11470 (Bonsor, Brian)
ENJOY THE RECORDER, Treble Tutor Book 2/ Alto method for older children and adults. This is an English method so some musical terms are different. It is quite comprehensive working mostly on the upper register: high C,B,D,Ab-G#, C#-Db,E, D#/Eb, F, G and low G#-Ab, F#-Gb. There is lots of practice material for each note with special attention to difficult finger movements. Various articulations signs are used and double tonguing discussed. New rhythms are introduced, double dotting & enharmonics. The extensive appendix includes: 1. musical terms and signs, 2. Reading up an Octave 3. Major and minor scales 4. Major and minor arpeggios 5. Ornamentation 6. Alternate fingerings 7. Index of tunes used. Nice diagrams and illustrations. Musical examples are European folk songs, Renaissance and Baroque melodies. Over 100 pages. For accompaniment book see below.
ED11471 (Bonsor, Brian)
ENJOY THE RECORDER, Treble Tutor, Book 2 Accompaniments and Notes for Teachers/ There is a brief introduction explaining the use of book 2 and supplemental information when a new note or musical idea is introduced to the child. The majority of the 147 pages contain the excellent piano accompaniments with Index of Tunes at back of the Spiral-bound book.
ED12229 (Bonsor, Brian)
From DESCANT to TREBLE Book 1 (From Soprano to Alto)/ A comprehensive method for group, individual, and self-instruction. 'This book aims to help proficient soprano players to transfer to alto. It teaches no rudiments
ED12249 (Bonsor, Brian)
From DESCANT to TREBLE Accompaniments (Books 1 & 2)/ 'Totally unaccompanied practice can lead to overblowing and faulty intonation and it is wise, from the earliest stages, to seek every opportunity to play against a affixed pitch known to be correct (don't automatically trust your piano!) so that appropriate breath pressures and tuning techniques become instinctive. To this end, here are 146 (mainly simple) accompaniments to the melodies in Parts 1 & 2 best suited for use as solos. They range from very easy folk-song settings to excerpts from the standard repertoire and apart from their primary use for teaching purposes and domestic music-making, should prove a valuable source of material for concert, festival and examination use. But for whatever purpose they are used, I hope they will encourage soloist and accompanist to look further afield and explore the riches of the treble recorder's repertoire from which, I am certain, they will gain lasting pleasure and satisfaction.' Brian Bonsor. 143 pages with Index of Tunes at back of book
ED12259 (Bonsor, Brian)
From DESCANT to TREBLE Book 2 (From Soprano to Alto)/ This book teaches the remaining notes of the alto's normal range (high G). It give considerable and much needed practice on high notes and the more awkward chromatic notes. This book is useful for more advanced players who want to do some intensive remedial practice. There are attractive solos from folk to Baroque with extracts from standard works. Use of RECOGNITION SQUARES & PRACTICE CIRCLES continues to be called for. 171 pages with Index of Tunes at back of book. See below for accompaniments
ED12264 (Bonsor, Brian)
RECOGNITION SQUARES and PRACTICE CIRCLES/ Teaching aids for learning alto. Large note cards (15in x 12in) suitable for classroom use. The 11 cards with Recognition Squares each has 9 different combinations of notes on the staff to be recognized and the 22 Practice Circles give you concentrated practice on the commonest moves to and from the note placed in the center.
ED12703 (Heyens/Engel/Bowman)
FUN AND GAMES WITH THE RECORDER ALTO BOOK 1 by Heyens,Engel & Bowman. This method is a continuation of the 3 volumes for soprano recorder. A seamless crossover from soprano to alto while maintaining and developing the student's soprano playing. This methods is aimed at children of around 10-12 years. Alto note range: low g to high d, low C#, low Bb & high Bb. Regular work on breathing, sound production, rhythmn, technical exercises and trilling. There are solo tunes, duets and trios. For supplemental material use Tune book 1. It is not necessary to have worked with the earlier books in the series but some knowledge of soprano is necessary. Photo
ED12704 (Heyens/Engel/Bowman)
FUN & GAMES WITH THE RECORDER ALTO TUNE BOOK 1 Supplemental material for Alto Method Book 1. Uses same note range and rhythmns in method book 1. Solos, duets, trios and quartets. Instruments used are SATB recorders, piano guitar and percussion beautifully illustrated by John Minnion. Includes 34 page playing score for recorders and percussion with separate piano book. Photo
ED12705 (Heyens/Engel/Bowman)
FUN AND GAMES WITH THE ALTO RECORDER ALTO METHOD BOOK 2 by Heyens, Engel & Bowman. Completes the introduction of notes up to the highest G. Many scales used including the chromatic scale. Continues work on sound, breathing, intonation, playing expressively & technique. New topics: triplets, bass clef. A mix of Baroque, Folk and original music. Numerous duets & trios. Includes both a fingering and trill chart. 69 pages. Beatiful color illustrations. Photo
ED12706 (Heyens/Engle)
FUN & GAMES WITH THE RECORDER-Tune Book 2 by Gudrun Heyens & Gerhard Engle The companion Tune book to Alto Method Book 2 ED12705 The tune book corresponds exactly to the note ranges covered in the Method book. It provides additional pieces for playing in a variety of settings for recorders (duets, trios, quartets) pieces with piano accompaniment, chords for guitar accompaniment and some rhythmic suggestions for percussion. Included are notes about the composers (Bach, Corelli, Couperin, Fischer, Graupner, Handel, Haydn, Joplin) and about each piece. The recorder book is 52 pages with a piano part insert of 20 pages. Photo
ED4469 (Giesbert, Franz)
METHOD FOR THE TREBLE RECORDER/ An alto method using the 'buttress fingering' system. There is a great deal of written advice as notes are introduced; all songs & exercises are written as duets. Knowledge of rhythm is assumed or that there is a teacher to teach this topic separately. A Fingering Chart is included and necessary as finger diagrams are not given for all notes as they are introduced. The full chromatic range of notes is covered quickly. The Appendix: Part I contains 77 daily dexterity exercises. Part II contains 15 solo pieces by 18th century composers. 79 pages
ED97610 (Gudrun Heyens)
ADVANCED RECORDER TECHNIQUE VOL 1 Finger and Tongue Technique The Art of Playing the Recorder by Gudrun Heyens Intended for advanced ALTO RECORDER players who are seeking rigorous practice material for developing their skills. The aim is that within the purely technical material the player will be able to discover and transform the musical parameter of sound, movement, tension/relaxation, and from that learn to deal musically with the individual technical elements. Volume I deals with Finger movements for trilling-articulation-scales/arpeggios/chromatic scales-scales in thirds-double tonguing (d-g-d-g) - virtuoso technique in all keys -broken chord patterns-trills (repertoire examples) - finger vibrato/flattement (fingering charts and repertoire examples) -double tonguing (di-d'll). Highly recommended!!! 81 pages2 Photo
ED97620 (Gudrun Heyens)
ADVANCED RECORDER TECHNIQUE VOL 2 Breathing and Sound The Art of Playing the Recorder by Gudrun Heyens Book 2 is concerned with breathing and sound. A technique for breathing is introduced which deals exclusively with the particular requirements of blowing on the recorder both as a physical action and as creative note-shaping. It is intended for advanced recorder players, recorder teachers and amateur musicians who want to develop awareness and confidence in their use of breathing. Chapters:1. Physical Sensitivity 2. Becoming aware of breathing 3. Diaphragm Awareness 4. Breathing Exercises (without the instrument) 5.Breathing Exercises (with the instrument) 6. Breath Support 'flexible tension' 7. Exercises for Sound 8. Vibrato 9. Phrasing and Breathing 10. Suggestions for Note-Shaping in Examples from the Repertoire. 47 pages. Absolutely the best book on sound & breathing!!! Applicable to all recorder players. Photo
EM2001 (Monkemeyer)
METHOD FOR PLAYING ALTO RECORDER, Vol. II Advanced School of Recorder Playing/ Text: in German, English and French. Contains technical exercises supplemented by examples from original works (both old and new) for the alto. Works on flat & sharp keys, chromatic scales, arpeggios, velocity, trills, mordents, turns other ornaments. For Upper Intermediate players. 48 pages.
EM2033 (Monkemeyer)
METHOD FOR PLAYING ALTO RECORDER, Vol. I / (German text) What is interesting about this alto method is that it has the player learn to read alto 8va and loco at the same time from the very first note. Also, from the introduction of the first note each exercise is to be played with four different articulations: staccato, legato-staccato, portato and legato. The book does move quickly with several notes introduced at a time; however, most accidentals and more difficult fingerings are introduced one at a time with ample exercises and music. Throughout the book there are a nice selection of duet samplings by Telemann, Loeillet, Croft, Marcello, Bach, Barsanti, Pepusch, Finger, Paisible etc. Rhythm is not discussed so either a teacher is need or a theory book. Finger diagrams go all the way to high C (most methods only show fingerings to high G). Trill & Fingering Charts included in back of book.
JRCM (Charlton, Andrew)
THE CHARLTON METHOD FOR THE RECORDER A Manual for the Advanced Player. Bernard J. Hopkins in the November 1982 issue of The American Recorder reviewed the first edition. The review started: 'If a serious and determined recorder player is seeking a guide for his ascent of Parnassus, he will find it in this volume. Andrew Charlton ... has produced this 'Complete Recorder Player' to fill a long-felt need for a comprehensive adult tutor.' Contents include: Fingering & trill charts, 63 basic technique exercises, 69 articulation & coordination studies, 14 interval studies, Alternate fingering studies and exercises, 39 scale & arpeggio studies, 16 studies for bass, Vibrato, 12 studies and 16 duos from the works of Bach, Renaissance embellishment, Baroque embellishment, double & triple tonguing, Clefs-including 17 exercises and 2 duets, 22 characteristic etudes for various recorders, 15 duos by a wide variety of composers for various recorder combinations. 180 pages. For both C & F recorders (This is not specifically a bass method, but it contains a wealth of bass material.) Photo
MM2 (Trapp)
ENJOY YOUR RECORDER/ by the TRAPP FAMLY SINGERS. A fast moving alto method that introduces all notes and give a very brief description of music notation. Includes exercises, reviews, fingering and trill charts, ornamentation, duets, trios and quartets. For older children or adults with a previous knowledge of music. 49 pages.
SP2318 (Burakoff, Gerald/ Hettrick, William)
SWEET PIPES RECORDER BOOK, BK I/ Alto method for adults and older beginners in individual or group instruction. 12 study units including exercises, folk songs, and music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Extensive recorder information. Recommended for players who are familiar with the fundamentals of notation. 48 pages.
SP2351 (Burakoff, Gerald & Sonya)
PLAYING ALTO RECORDER/ A basic alto recorder method for group or individual instruction suitable for older children (9-10 & up) to adults with no previous musical experience. Introduces notes from low F to high A with Bb, Eb & F#. Contains technical suggestions, dexterity exercises, fingering diagrams and chart. Fifty musical selections cover a wide variety of styles and periods. No lyrics included. 32 pages.
SP2367 (Burakoff, Gerald / Hettrick, William / Clark, Paul)
SWEET PIPES RECORDER BOOK, BK II/ A continuation of book 1, book 2 expands the Alto recorder range of diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic notes up to the highest G#/Ab. Book 2 presents a musical repertoire selected from historical sources of the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century, and from traditional folk music of a number of cultures. Major categories are hymns and chorals, dances, songs and excerpts from larger instrumental works