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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (29 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746056273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746056271
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 0.5 x 30.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Marks was born in Leeds, England and studied at the Queen's College, Oxford and Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He is a composer, arranger and author with a special interest in music for children and music education.

His work is published by Usborne Publishing, ABRSM, The Royal School of Church Music, Boosey & Hawkes, and others. Find out more at www.facebook.com/music.anthony.marks

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By It's my opinion! on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bough this book for my daughter(9) and she has used it to learn to play the recorder. She is quite a good player now. It progresses through from very easy, each tune teaching new notes and getting progressively harder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jones on 24 Nov. 2011
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As a "very easy" recorder tunes book and being aimed at 5+, I was left VERY disappointed... First of all there was no clear information at the begining about reading and playing the notes (there is a brief chart of all the notes at the back). Then by song 6 of 50 it add the need for the second hand and by song 20 (of 50) it adds the use of the high F - a tricky little note to play using the half thumb at the back and both hands at the front! In fact songs 20 and 21 also suggest you can try transposing the tunes to a different key to play by yourself too.
Hardly suitable for a 5 year old! I was very disappointed as I was recommened this book for a 5 year old beginner by an Usborne Rep. Not up to Usborne's usual standard...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marge0074 on 25 Jan. 2011
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My 8 year old has just started having recorder lessons and although she has been doing really well in class, this book have become invaluable in reminding her finger placement and notes. The book begins with basic tunes you can play using only the notes B, A and G, then adding another note one at a time. My daughter loves the fact I act like her 'teacher' and let her place a sticker on the page when she's mastered the tune and breathing in the right places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2013
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Note - I have uploaded a few photos of sample pages which illustrate some of the comments that I make:

As long as you don't expect this book to actually teach you to play the recorder, then it is excellent. It is very much a collection of tunes to try playing once you have mastered the basics via using a book designed to TEACH, or as a result of having lessons.

Many Usborne books are often criticised for the way pages are littered with cartoons. To some extent I often agree with this and it is certainly true for, say The Usborne book 'First Book of the Recorder (Usborne First Music)'. The proliferation of cartoon characters in that book could well distract some users.

First Book of the Recorder (Usborne First Music)

However, and although there are such cartoon characters in this book of tunes, they are less frequently used and are mostly for amusement as a way of illustrating the title or lyrics of tunes. There is an insert with stickers for those who wish to use them as markers for tunes that have been played or learned - but the book is not designed in such a way that blank 'windows' are left for the stickers to be positioned. Use them or lose them, it's up to you.

The book itself begins with a page of 'recorder reminders' (Note the word 'reminders') which does what it says and succinctly remnds users of what they should have previously learned or been taught. Apart from the very last page of the book, that is the only aspect of the book which could be described as a 'tutor'.

After that, there follows a big collection of tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Hawes on 2 May 2011
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My husband and children used to play the recorder long ago. Now that we have grandchildren, we bought this book to refresh my husband's memory and to give him some practise ready for the time the next generation want to learn to play. I have never learnt to read music or play any instrument, thinking it beyond me but, at the ripe old age of 65 I picked up the recorder, turned to page one and started to play.

Yes, the book is very basic, aimed at young children (there are stickers for achievement!) and the simple tunes are the same as years ago, but I've learnt to play them. If I can, anyone can!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Netlagged on 9 Oct. 2010
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I bought this book as I am an adult learning and building up my library of Recorder music to play and practice. This is an excellent book and has a great range of tunes to play. With the finger chart on the back page it is also a useful referance. I think some of the tunes are quite tricky (Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons in particular) and not all seem "very easy" but obviously with practice you can work up to these. The included stickers are a fun idea for children as once they have mastered the tune you can stick the relevant sticker in place. Great book - I highly recomend it.
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By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2014
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I am using this book to teach my six-year-old daughter to play the recorder. I can already read music, but I do have to consult the fingering chart on the back page to refresh my memory of some of the sharps and flats.

It is a book of fifty short tunes, beginning with the easiest ones using only three notes, and getting progressively harder until you're up to Christmas carols and classical pieces at the end, with dynamics written in. It assumes that you can already read music. Big emphasis on folk songs, and traditional airs, but all very charming and attractive for performances. I estimate there is about one to two years' worth of material, if you're doing one recorder lesson a week with it.

The big attraction for my daughter are the stickers. There are fifty stickers in the middle, and each tune has a special matching sticker for it, so when she has mastered one tune, she can find that special sticker and put it above the tune as a sign of accomplishment. There are some extra star-shaped stickers as well. This helps make it a game for her.

It's not a book I can just leave with her to teach herself, but I prefer it this way, as she is learning to read music herself as a consequence.
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