Recorders in Y2

We are very lucky to have a studio in our new school and every week we spend some time in there, learning different songs to sing. We are very excited because Miss Varley told us that she is going to teach us how to play the recorder.

recorder

First we had to warm up our voices and our fingers with a rap and some singing.

‘Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna clap some rhythms.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna sing some songs.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna play my instrument.

Hey you! What you gonna do?

I’m gonna keep the pulse.’

The first thing that we learnt was how to hold the recorder. It is important that we always keep our left hand at the top and that we use our right hand to hold the bottom. We learnt a new song to help us to remember this.

‘Left hand, left hand, left hand at the top,

Left hand, left hand, left hand at the top.’

We then blow down the recorder, making a ‘doo’ sound and blow softly to make sure that it doesn’t squeak. If it squeaks, then we have blown down the recorder too hard. Miss Varley played a rhythm on her recorder and then we had to copy it. We were so impressed with the sounds that we made.

Next Miss Varley showed us how to play the note B on the recorder. With our left hand at the top, we cover the back hle with our thumb and our first finger on the first hole on the front of the recorder. This made a lower sound when we played the rhythms again.

We kept practising the rhythms on our recorders and performed in small groups at the end of the session.

We can’t wait for next week!

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