Learning to play the recorder requires diligent and regular practice in order for a student to improve. Sometimes, repetitive practice on any instrument becomes tedious, and a student can get discouraged. One great way to encourage and engage a student who is learning to play any musical instrument is to provide the chance to learn music the student likes and is already familiar with. A student who is keen on Pokemon theme songs can learn to play these songs on the recorder, giving a boost to musical enthusiasm and also improving listening and music notation skills.
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Things you need
- Pokemon song recordings
- Sheet music
Get the sheet music for the Pokemon song you want to play (see Resources).. If commercial sheet music is not available, you can transcribe the music yourself onto manuscript paper if you have a good musical ear and music transcription skills. Otherwise, get someone else to help you transcribe the song, working out the note pitches in the order they occur in the song. Alternatively, music transcription software is available that will transcribe the music automatically and provide you with sheet music showing the pitches and rhythms of the song.
Work out the recorder fingering for each note pitch, using a recorder fingering chart (see Resources.) Practice playing through all the song's note pitches in order, until you have the sequence of recorder fingering patterns memorised. Work slowly and do not expect to be able to play the entire song on the first attempt--if you find it difficult to play the notes in order, work on small sequences of two to three notes, then gradually string smaller sequences together into longer sections of the song. This may take several practice sessions over a few days.
Play along with the recorded version of the Pokemon song. This will help you learn the rhythm of the song (how long to hold each note). You will probably notice patterns of both rhythm and pitch that repeat in the song. Practice playing along with the recording until you have the song's pitches, fingering positions and pitches memorised.
Perform your Pokemon song on the recorder as a solo, without the recording playing. Bravo!
Tips and warnings
- For a right-handed musician, the left hand should be placed on the end of the recorder nearest to the mouthpiece.
- Respect copyright law. Do not download unauthorised Pokemon song recordings or bootleg transcription software.
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