The recorder is an appropriate instrument for a musical beginner. A member of the woodwinds, it is an inexpensive alternative to the flute. It is lightweight and easy to take anywhere. Within a short time, a novice can play songs for friends and family. Learn eight basic keys on the recorder to play "Happy Birthday" for someone you love.
Learn low D. With your left hand, cover the first four holes on the recorder. Cover the back hole with your left thumb. Use your right index and middle finger to cover the fifth and six holes. Position your right thumb at the back for better, steadier sound. Blow into the mouthpiece twice. D D are the first two notes of "Happy Birthday."
Work on the next note, low E. Cover the first five holes with left fingers, including left thumb on back. With your right hand, keep the recorder steady. Now play, DD E D.
Practice the next note, F#. With your left hand, place your left index finger over the first hole. Cover the second and third hole with left index and middle finger. Press your left thumb against the back hole. Blow.
Add on the next note, which is G. Place the fingers of your left hand on the first three top holes on the front of the recorder. Cover the back hole with your left thumb. Steady the recorder with your right hand. Practice playing the G note. Play in order, DD breathe E breathe D breathe G.
Play the A note. Cover the first two top holes with your left index and middle finger. Place your left thumb on the back hole and use your right hand for support while you play the A note.
Play the B note. Cover the first hole with your left index finger and the back hole with your left thumb. Try alternating notes A and B.
Move to note C. Place your left index finger over the first hole. Cover the two succeeding holes with left middle and ring finger. Put your left thumb on the back hole.
Learn the last note, high D. Put your left index finger over the first hole. Cover the two subsequent holes with left middle and ring finger. Don't put your left thumb on the back hole. Practice key placement until you can play without hesitation.
Practice "Happy Birthday" slowly at first. When you have the key coordination, bring the song up to tempo. Here is the song: DD (low D's) E D (low D) G F#, DD (low D's) E D (low D) A G, DDD (all high) B G F# E -- CC B G A G.