Recorder Karate Beads

To earn a Recorder Karate Belt, students must perform each song with their

LEFT HAND ON TOP and demonstrate 4 of the following 5 skills:

 

  • Proper note length (rhythm accuracy)

  • Correct pitches and finger placement

  • Accurate articulation

  • Breath support and tone

  • Specific musical elements notated: dynamics, tempo, repeat signs, change in articulation

This site is intended for educational purposes for students at The Davis Academy to be used in conjunction with the recorder book paid for and provided by The Davis Academy Music Department. All music is Copyright 2006 Macie Publishing Company. 

WHITE BEAD – Page 4, Line #4, “All Three Notes”

Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Use your tongue to start each note
- Take it slow - don't speed up
- Keep the recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the note
Watch Mrs. G teach All Three Notes!

YELLOW BEAD – Page 6, Line #5, “Hot Cross Buns”

Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Take a deep breath and hold out the long notes the proper length
- Keep the recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the note
- Repeat the entire song (go back to the beginning)
Hot Cross Buns - Practice Track
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ORANGE BEAD – Page 7, Line #4, “Au Claire de la Lune”
Don't forget to...
- Practice the harder measures and THEN go back to the beginning
- Be careful with the jump in measures 3 and 7 - lift 2 fingers to go from G to B
- The first line is the same as the second!
Au Claire De La Lune - Practice Track
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GREEN BEAD – Page 7, Line #5, “Rolling Merrily”
Don't forget ...
- Fill out measures 5 - 6 BEFORE you start playing (*hint - look at the beginning)!
- The tempo with the accompaniment track is fast, but still precise. 
- Use your tongue to start each note
- Hold out the half notes and whole note their proper length (especially measures 2 - 4)
Rolling Merrily - Practice Track
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PURPLE BEAD– Page 8, Line #1, “Go to Sleep”

Go To Sleep - Practice Track
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Don't forget to...
- Play gently and softly! Don't wake the baby!
- Start with all 3 fingers covering holes
- Use soft, warm air
- Hold the half notes and whole notes the proper length
- Keep your recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the last note
 

BLUE BEAD - Page 9, Line #1A and #1B, “Our First Duet”

Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Count your quarter rests carefully
- Keep the recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the note
- Play line 1A and then 1B, without pausing between
Teamwork - Our First Duet - Practice Track
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RED BEAD – Page 11, Line #4, “Indian Chant”

Indian Chant - Practice Track
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Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Play "C" with your middle finger only (2), not your pointer finger (1)
- The first 2 notes are half notes - hold the proper length
- The second line is the same as the first
- Repeat the entire song (go back to the beginning)

BROWN BEAD – Page 15, Line #3 “Pizza Polka”

Pizza Polka - Practice Track
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Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Rest for a beat during the quarter rests
- Pay attention to the quarter notes and eighth notes 
- Keep the recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the note
 

BLACK BEAD – Page 19, Line #1 “Rockin’ Recorders”

Don't forget to...
- Count a steady beat in your head
- Take a deep breath and hold out the long notes the proper length
- Keep the recorder in your mouth until you're done playing the note
- Repeat the entire song (go back to the beginning)
Rockin' Recorders - Practice Track
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