Post by YetAnotherKlavierist on Feb 28, 2007 22:37:04 GMT
It appears that my scant recorder playing abilities are now out of the closet in the university Baroque ensemble: due to a shortage of sheet music on Monday night (due to absence of librarian) the only music we had were recorder trios for two trebles/treble and descant, and tenor; then, due to a shortage of attendees, there were only three of us - my recorder Dip. friend, another recorder player, and me, the harpsichordist. Thus, I could either play the tenor part on the harpsichord which would have sounded crummy, or play tenor recorder.
Given I haven't played anything other than descant at primary school, it was an interesting experience . Other than the obvious sorts of questions, like how to finger a second-octave F#, I actually found the biggest shock was having to breathe. In the first piece (thankfully short) I made the mistake of only breathing where indicated on the score, got to the end and stood there puffing and panting saying 'oh, I actually have to breathe and play at the same time '. I even stood there holding my breath during rests ;D.
Anyhow, I have now been threatened with even more tenor recorder duties as no-one else likes it . At least after a bit of experience playing continuo, I can keep time and manage not to get too lost when I inevitably screw up a fast-ish passage, which helps mask my incompetence . I just hope they don't realise I don't do any sort of tonguing ;D.
Waaaahhaaaaayyyy! Another woodwind entry. Play every other note, and tonguing will be easy. Just pretend you're a teenager (remember? OK, so you've been grown up for a very long time....) and say "duuuuuurrr" ;D