A-Z Challenge Day 18

Short stories featuring musical instruments and those who play them!




RRThe humble recorder, a cheap and cheerful little instrument once beloved by music teachers in schools countrywide! 

I don’t remember much of my early years, but I can still see my little classmates and me sitting cross-legged in a circle on the floor, tooting and hooting to our heart’s content.

Some were so good at it, you could actually make out the tune they were trying to play! Most of us though just did our best to play along.

Harry was a little devil. He perfected using his recorder as a pea-shooter. Not just outside the classroom, but sometimes in the middle of a piece we were playing!  He got told off quite often but it didn’t stop him.

Wee Marie was clever. she could actually play two recorders at once, and quite well too!  Anthony would often sit outside on the grass trying to be a worm-charmer, and Suzie sometimes stood to attention and played The Last Post like a bugler; her grandad used to be in a military band and he taught her. 

I believe it’s gone out of fashion in recent years. The ukulele seems to be the instrument of choice for youngsters today. But I’m thinking of getting one. At least it’ll be less of a nuisance for my neighbours than when I pick up my saxophone! 




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21 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 18

    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2021 / 09:37

      There is indeed. I only wish more schools would teach it here the way they used to.


  1. Frédérique Apr 21, 2021 / 11:05

    Great story! They were my nightmare at school! I’m just not good with instruments ;))

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2021 / 16:41

      Tapes and cassettes! Those were the days my friend! I remember them well, fondly too.


  2. Arti Jain Apr 21, 2021 / 15:37

    Anthony, the worm charmer–cute.
    Not sure if recorder is better than a saxophone. Well, I’m sure your neighbours will make it clear to you soon enough:)

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 21, 2021 / 16:00

      Unfotrunately my sax is a bit loud to play in an appartment! I know which I prefer though and it’s not the recorder! Cheers Arti.


  3. K.J. Apr 21, 2021 / 16:00

    My kids had to learn the recorder in school, but neither of them perfected any of the talents your characters did. 😀

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  4. Iain Kelly Apr 21, 2021 / 18:46

    So funny isn’t it? A whole generation (or three) in this country, all brought up with the recorder in school music lessons!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 22, 2021 / 17:59

      Absolutely no chance Gail! They make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!


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