Recorder Repair & Care
Course overview | Jacqueline will show participants how to choose and recognise a good recorder as well as teaching the refined methods for adjusting and improving instruments. She will also demonstrate aspects of recorder making. There will be plenty of opportunities for hands-on adjustment of your own under Jacqueline’s expert eye.
This course is about getting to know the nature of the recorder. It’s about learning ’how it works’, the instrument, technically speaking, but also from a practical point of view. The course is for everyone! You don’t need to be technically talented or even interested. You will be amazed about the logic of how a tone is produced. You’ll experience how much you will be able to improve your playing by understanding what you can and cannot expect from the instrument. You will be able to diagnose the possible problems of your instrument and what you can do about it, or know when you need to ask for help from a professional repairer. You will learn what tiny adjustments can be made and what differences they can make.
The course includes many details, techniques and aspects of recorder care and it will evolve according to participants needs. It will certainly include two fundamental aspects of recorder care; oiling and taking out your recorder block. Both these tasks give many recorder players the heebie jeebies! Jacqueline will guide you through everything you need to know about these essential tasks, giving you the confidence to address them as regularly as a recorder player should!
Like anything, having a greater awareness and understanding can improve your interaction with it. Having a greater knowledge about your recorder, how it works and how it can be altered will ultimately improve your playing (or other peoples).
Learn how to choose and refine a recorder to suit you. Learn how to manipulate and adjust a recorder using basic hand tools. Learn how a recorder is made. Go home confident in the skills of maintaining and improving your recorders and with an enhanced awareness of the instrument and its flexibility.
You don’t have to modify your own recorder, Jacqueline will explain what you might do to improve it, or what you might want to take to a specialist to improve. If you, and she, feel confident you can improve it on the day; you have that opportunity.
There will be opportunities to understand the nature of your instrument and basic repair techniques, to improve your use of tools and knowledge to get the most out of your recorder.
There will also be an open session after the course; Jacqueline will have a selection of instruments with her that she has made, these will be available to try and then custom order.
Please note, this course is not about learning to play your recorder! There are many excellent teachers everywhere to turn to for that! You also don’t need a broken recorder to attend this course!