"Recorder players are most comfortable in sharp keys"

At first sight of the sentence I mistakenly thought "recorder player" was something like a recorder set, but I soon realized that might be a performer whose performances are recorded.(I am not quite confidence with my grammar and tenses here:))

But, still, I am a bit confused about the meaning of this sentence.

Does it mean "a player in recording will do his best in sharp keys" , or "for playing in sharp keys, recorder players are the most suitable among all kinds of players"? Which understanding is more reasonable?

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    Nov 1, 2013 at 9:54

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A recorder is a woodwind instrument: enter image description here

And at least in your speaker's opinion musical key signatures like B, E, A, D, G and F# are easier to play on the recorder.

  • Wow, what a mistake I made!
    – dennylv
    Nov 1, 2013 at 5:38
  • @dennylv It's a pretty understandable mistake. I'd bet there are native speakers who would misinterpret "recorder players" at first.
    – user230
    Nov 1, 2013 at 8:03
  • I'm not sure I agree with the statement, but I can maybe see where it's coming from: to play a sharp note, you just half-cover the respective hole. To play a flat, you need to figure out what the next lower note is, and half-cover that. (And of course, in actuality, there are all sorts of exceptions, especially if you're playing a baroque-tuned recorder.)
    – Martha
    Nov 1, 2013 at 15:02

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