Problems with Tenor Recorder

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  • #1473

    Alan Beckham
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    Hi. Im new to the Tenor Recorder and Im having difficulties sounding the lower notes (below G). Am I not covering the holes properly or blowing too hard/ too softly? Any guidance would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    Alan

    #1475

    Dick Mattson
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    Cover the RH holes with tape and then try blowing. If the problem goes away, then you aren’t covering the holes properly. If the problem doesn’t go away, try blowing differently. If the problem does go away, then you have learned how to blow the lower notes. If the problem never goes away, then the problem might be with the instrument and you should get it professionally checked out. BTW, what kind of recorder is it?

    #1476

    Alan Beckham
    Participant

    Hi. Thanks for your comments.

    Its a Yamaha 304BII

    #1477

    Dick Mattson
    Participant

    Were you able to figure it out?

    #1478

    Alan Beckham
    Participant

    Im sure it is my right hand fingering that is the problem. I will just have to keep working at it!

    #1482

    Ken In Dallas
    Participant

    Hey There… I’ve resolved Tenor issues for myself and students by sitting forward on the chair, using a chair that has no arm rests so that the arms can find their neutral hanging position, and by placing a thumb rest so that the right-hand pinky approaches its holes perfectly perpendicular to the instrument. For most, this means the rest will often place the right thumb exactly opposite the right middle-finger when holding the instrument. The resulting sharper bend now in the wrist hasn’t caused anyone any pain here to date.

    Once the problem is considered resolved with a plastic rest, a wood or cork rest can be glued there to create that same hand position. I mention gluing the rest as you may find the plastic one will slide upward from pressure on the thumb rest to get that hand low enough down the instrument to position the pinky. — k —

    #1483

    Alan Beckham
    Participant

    Thanks Ken. I have moved the plastic rest as you suggested and my right hand fingering is much better!

    Cheers

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