During this time of social distancing, it can feel awkward to not have a buddy or a group of other musicians to play with. But other than playing by yourself, what other options are there? There’s quite a few! Here is a list of alternative playing and practice options that you can do all while social distancing!
- Perform a virtual concert for your friends and family: With the many ways we have to communicate through voice and video, there’s no reason why we can’t share our music in the same way! Consider playing a piece or two that you have been working on via Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, or even live stream on YouTube or Twitch! There’s many ways to share your hard practiced music!
- Take lessons remotely: Many recorder and other instrumental teachers have set themselves up to teach remotely using some of the above mentioned meeting platforms. While the experience is a bit different from a live one-on-one lesson, there is still great value to be had in working remotely with an instructor! See below for info on how to contact one of Portland’s great recorder teachers.
- Download a Fun Telemann App!: Who doesn’t enjoy playing a little Telemann? Well now you can play duets with your tablet! You can search in the App Store or Play Store for “Telemann 6 Sonatas” and it will pull up 5 apps by Masafumi Sasaki. These apps cost only a couple dollars and gives you a wealth of Telemann duets to play with your device. You can choose your sonata, pick which line you want the app to play, and you can play the other one along with it! It’s a great way to play duets while social distancing. I have all 5 and I love them!
- Dowani International Play Alongs: Dowani International has a large collection of Recorder music, ranging from easy to advanced, that comes with an accompaniment CD! Learn a piece and play it at home accompanied by your own personal orchestra or continuo! The disc provides each movement and piece at 3 different tempi, so no matter where you are in learning the piece, you can practice or perform with a prerecorded accompaniment. You can fins most of their selection available to order online at Sheet Music Plus.
- Recorder Lessons
Many of the teachers listed on the PRS website can teach remotely! Please feel free to reach out to them for distance learning opportunities.
Looking to hone your skills, build your repertoire, and improve as a recorder player? PRS now has a list of recorder instructors across Greater Portland available for private instruction. Some instructors are available to teach via video conference. Click here to find an instructor
Playing in Quarantine!
If you haven’t seen our PRS May Newsletter, we included quite a few links to recorder playing and learning options available during this time of lock down. Well, we came up with even more and wanted to pass them along to you!
- STEMS Summer Workshops: These online courses through The San Francisco Early Music Society are being offered this Summer for Baroque, Medieval/Renn., and Recorder workshops. Tuition varies depending how many classes you purchase, but base cost is $25 per class.
- Amherst Early Music: Amherst is offering a variety of online classes to keep you in ship shape!
- Sam Stadlen: Music Minus One:VIOL PLAYERS!!!!! Sam offers Music-minus-one audio, sheet music, and videos for Viol! Some can be worked into recorder and other early instruments, but great for keeping up those viol chops! $15 monthly subscription to his Patreon site will grant you access to all these great options!https://www.patreon.com/samstadlen
- And if all these ideas don’t turn you on, here is a direct link to the American Recorder Society’s May newsletter, “Playing It Safe! Distance Learning Opportunities” that lists a multitude of possibilities, including some of the above:
- Click here for the ARS “Playing It Safe” May Newsletter
And this page has ever more ARS ideas for “Playing it Safe” located on the ARS website: https://americanrecorder.org/playitsafe
Furthermore, here is the ARS NOVA e-mag link, with “music minus one” ideas: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Socially-Distanced-Recorder-Player.html?soid=1102285871582&aid=aYVpNfWswpo