You don't know the difference between recorders? No problem at all, because we are here to help you with all the doubts you had so far.

In order to explain any doubts about recorders and what the differences are, we present you this blog.

The recorder is a fun and accessible instrument that is easy to learn and play. In fact, it is safe to say that the recorder is one of the most common and widespread musical instruments on the planet, and every year millions of children around the world learn their first musical steps on the recorder. However, it can be confusing to know which type of recorder to use, as there are two different systems. Here's a little history and explanation that will hopefully help clear up the mystery.

Baroque recorder
Instruments similar to the recorder have been around for hundreds of years – and probably longer. These instruments evolved over time, reaching a peak of design and popularity in the 1600s and early 1700s, also known as the Baroque period of music. Although modern recorder designs have continued to evolve, most instruments you can buy today share many of the basic design features of the Baroque era.

German recorder
In the 1920s, instrument designers in Germany found the standard baroque recorder too difficult for beginners to learn, as some notes put the fingers in positions that could be awkward or unnatural. That's why they made a small change to make it easier for beginners to play those notes. However, there was a trade-off, while the finger positions were easier, some notes became more difficult to play in harmony.

How to recognize them?
By comparison, the difference is only two tone holes on a recorder. If you look at the holes on a traditional baroque recorder, the fourth hole from the top is smaller than the fifth hole. On the German recorder, the order is changed – the fourth hole is larger than the fifth hole. That's all!


Which one to use?
Most schools today use the traditional German system. The reason is an easier way to play and a faster way to get results. If you play alone for fun, any style is OK. You can play the same music with both types, so use the one you like better. However, if you are a serious recorder player, the baroque system is definitely a better solution.

We believe that we have solved the mystery, and now it is up to you to choose which recorder will suit you better.

Four models of Canorus recorders

  • Canorus RS30BI Soprano Recorder

    Canorus RS30BI Soprano Recorder

    41,60 kn
    (5,52 €)
    VAT excl.
  • Canorus RS30GI Soprano Recorder

    Canorus RS30GI Soprano Recorder

    41,60 kn
    (5,52 €)
    VAT excl.
  • Canorus RS30GB Soprano Recorder

    Canorus RS30GB Soprano Recorder

    41,60 kn
    (5,52 €)
    VAT excl.
  • Canorus RS30BB Soprano Recorder

    Canorus RS30BB Soprano Recorder

    41,60 kn
    (5,52 €)
    VAT excl.

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