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Playing "Fool On The Hill" on the recorder
20 August 2013
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I bought a recorder the other day, and of course I want to learn "Fool On The Hill".  Has anyone else tried?  I played one like in grade one….  about 24 years ago now, so I have to learn to play it first.  I looked at a couple of Youtube videos and it looks pretty simple, but I have been "fooled" before!  ahdn_paul_01

 

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20 August 2013
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I've never even thought of doing that (until now). I've never enjoyed playing recorder as much as other instruments, but I think I'll pick mine up again and learn that song.

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
20 August 2013
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When you guys have mastered "Fool on the Hill", you could try one perhaps a little more difficult, McCartney's song "I Am Your Singer" (from his Wild Life album) -- featuring Paul and Linda playing recorders together.

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20 August 2013
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Never tried before now, but I read the thread title and had to grab my own recorder (bought at a garage sale for $0.25 last month) and give it a bit of a barely-tuneful tootle just to try! Like LHL, everything I know about playing (which ain't much) I learned back in school. L.ike about 35 years ago

Tried that main melody for a bit…I think if I worked at it for an hour or two (which I'm not gonna do), I could probably get the fingerings memorized well enough where I could play it through accurately (if not well) without mistakes…until those final four notes, which appear to be a full fifth higher than the highest note my instrument will produce. Is there a trick to that, I wonder, or is my thing just out of tune?

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20 August 2013
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Von Bontee said

Tried that main melody for a bit…I think if I worked at it for an hour or two (which I'm not gonna do), I could probably get the fingerings memorized well enough where I could play it through accurately (if not well) without mistakes…until those final four notes, which appear to be a full tone higher than the highest note my instrument will produce. Is there a trick to that, I wonder, or is my thing just out of tune?

I wondered that, because I tried briefly and I couldn't get a not that high?  Maybe he used a different type?  Damn you tricky McCartney.  a-hard-days-night-paul-5

 

Funny Paper said
When you guys have mastered "Fool on the Hill", you could try one perhaps a little more difficult, McCartney's song "I Am Your Singer" (from his Wild Life album) -- featuring Paul and Linda playing recorders together.

Challenge accepted!  a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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20 August 2013
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I struggle to play the tin whistle! (an Irish recorder). I hate wind instruments, as a youth I used to weep in the flute section in HMV a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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20 August 2013
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Uhh, talk of playing the recorder takes me back to me failing all my music exams at primary school because I could never get the sound to come out properly.

It'd be interesting to play 'Fool On The Hill', though. Let us know how you get on, LHL! Good luck :D

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20 August 2013
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Then, after you master the recorder parts, you can move on to the clarinets (both of them!) in "Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)".

(And maybe Linde could provide the overdubbed French speaking part blue-meanie)

 

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21 August 2013
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Oh, I already play the clarinet, I haven't learned that song yet, though. Don't forget "When I'm Sixty-Four"!!

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21 August 2013
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Well that's bass clarinet, of course. (Otherwise known as the coolest member of the clarinet family!)

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21 August 2013
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Von Bontee said
Well that's bass clarinet, of course. (Otherwise known as the coolest member of the clarinet family!)

If you're referring to "Picasso" I think that's two clarinets tracked over -- one is bass clarinet, the other is a normal range (tenor?) -- both played by Denny Laine I believe.

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21 August 2013
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No, sorry, I was talking about "When I'm 64".

I didn't know Denny played those "Picasso…" clarinets! Cool.

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21 August 2013
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Von Bontee said
Well that's bass clarinet, of course. (Otherwise known as the coolest member of the clarinet family!)

That song has two clarinets and a bass clarinet. Bass clarinets are really cool.

 

So far the list of Beatles/Beatle's songs with each instrument:

Recorder: The Fool On The Hill, I Am Your Singer

Clarinet: When I'm Sixty-Four, Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)

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21 August 2013
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Don't forget there's a recorder on Glass Onion after the Fool on the Hill.

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21 August 2013
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Recorder: The Fool On The Hill, Glass Onion, I Am Your Singer

Clarinet: When I'm Sixty-Four, Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
23 August 2013
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Then there's the clarinets on Ringo's song "Step Lightly" from his first solo album,  played and arranged by Tom Scott (who also played the soprano saxophone in Paul's "Listen to What the Man Said" and the tenor sax on Carole King's "Jazzman", not to mention a whole slew of other musical work over the decades).

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23 August 2013
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While we're on woodwinds, I think John should have included a bassoon in "Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite".

 

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23 August 2013
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I'm gonna keep track of more instruments now :3 (Woodwind and Brass Only)

 

Recorder: The Fool On The Hill (Flute, but can be played on Recorder), Glass Onion, I Am Your Singer

Clarinet: When I'm Sixty-Four, Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me), Step Lightly

French Horn: For No One, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Soprano Saxophone: Listen to What the Man Said

Trumpet: Magical Mystery Tour, Penny Lane

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23 August 2013
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Don't forget Paul played trumpet himself on "Only A Northern Song"!

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
23 August 2013
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TwoAfter908,

If you're including saxophones, you'll have a lot of catching up to do!  Just off the top of my head:

Good Morning

Savoy Truffle

Oh My My (from Ringo's first solo album)

Jet, Bluebird (from Band on the Run)

Angry (from Press to Play)

One Day (At a Time) (from Mind Games -- an alto saxophone, which although just a fleeting coda at the end of the song, nevertheless qualifies)

Whatever Gets You Through the Night (from Walls and Bridges)

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