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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's Recorder Season in Elementary Schools


When it comes to music, everybody's gotta start somewhere. These days, the place where most kids start is in elementary school - with the infamous recorder. Oh, the recorder. The bane of headache-suffering parent. The enemy of peace and quiet. That simple foot-long piece of plastic or wood that, in the wrong hands, produces tones that can only be likened to those of a dying cat (if you're lucky). 

Luckily for parents, most recorder noise occurs at school, in music class, but of course there is the requisite practice time at home. As a parent, all you have to supply is patience for your fledgling student, and of course, the recorder itself. The good news is, Guitar Hangar has recorders in stock and ready for the waiting hands of the next generation of musicians. Don't worry, we stock earplugs too. 

Recorders have a long and storied history, and have been around in one form or another for as long as music itself. The earliest known document mentioning "a pipe called Recordour" dates from 1388. The recorder as we know it today first gained popularity in the Middle Ages, with resurgences in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Many music historians credit the age-old popularity of the recorder with its small size, which made it easy to carry in almost any situation. 

The modern recorder came into popularity in the early 20th century as part of the historically informed performance movement, and eventually gained traction as an educational instrument thanks to its small size and inexpensive price tag. Players have found a use for recorders in countless recording and performance scenarios, in all styles of music. The recorder is, and always will be, a part of music history. 

-- Bryan Swift for Guitar Hangar 2017


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