Alto & Sopranino Recorder Method

alto recorder instruction music bookThe Alto Edition of the Nine-Note Recorder Method is a comprehensive beginning book (a printable PDF) for learning alto or sopranino recorder. These are both F instruments, meaning F is the lowest note that can be played. Alto and sopranino (and bass) recorders have the same fingering, but this F fingering is different from the fingering of the C recorders, soprano and tenor.

Sopranino is ideal for the young child who wants to learn recorder but whose hands are too small to manage a soprano recorder.

Alto recorder is an octave lower than the sopranino and has a very pleasant sound. Alto recorder is often the top choice for adults.

Learning alto recorder makes a good alternative general music course for the middle school or junior high years.

147 songs with over 50 duets or rounds using the 9 easiest notes to play on alto or sopranino. 74 pages. Printable PDF; one printing allowed per purchase of any PDF book.

See Table of Contents and a sample page from the Nine-Note Recorder Method for Alto or Sopranino.

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Learn 12 more notes on alto or sopranino recorder by purchasing Beyond the Nine-Note Recorder Method: Alto Edition. This intermediate book is filled with duets for two altos. If you play alone, play the melody on the top line. 109 songs with nearly 70 duets, trios, or rounds; 74 pages; printable PDF; one printing allowed per purchase. See table of contents and a sample page. Pages 3 and 12 in the Beyond Alto exercise booklet are now corrected. Email to get it.

intermediate book for alto or sopranino recorder

Once you know the F fingering system, you could learn to play bass recorder, though this recorder is more expensive. Bass is an octave lower than alto and requires reading bass clef. The Nine-Note Method for Bass goes faster, assuming that you first learned alto, and has both the Nine-Note and the Beyond the Nine-Note material combined in one book. 120 songs, including 30 duets or rounds; 53 pages; printable PDF; one printing allowed per purchase. See the table of contents and a sample page.

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All method books, beginner or intermediate come with a free exercise booklet. Here is what one customer has to say:

“The exercises are awesome. I broke through a learning block with them.  Thanks to the use of the included additional exercises for alto recorder, my finger dexterity has greatly improved, and much of what I call “stuttering” has gone away on my left hand.  I have a tendency to speed through the several pieces in the method book (I already know how to pay this note…).The exercises are important because they help me to discover and eliminate my hubris, and the flaws or lessons, as I like to call them.   This new-found knowledge improves my experience when I successively review the method book.  So for me the exercises and the method book are integral.  They help me get to the next level.”

Brian F, NY