How to play the shawm - Wie spiele ich Schalmei (1 + 2)

To order

Interested players (and tutors) can order this books with Cornetto Verlag:

Shawm - Schalmei

This method will let you discover the world of the shawm, a double-reed instrument which was most popular throughout the Middle Ages until the early Baroque era. Here you will learn about the basic repertoire of this wonderful instrument and how to master the main fingering. This method is aimed at both beginners and more advanced players and includes simple exercises and many pieces from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early 17th Century. I developped this method because this kind of educational material was not available yet.



  • Many pieces from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early 17th century
  • Exercices and the most important playing techniques
  • History of the instrument, many pictures from the period

BOOK 2 + play along CD (ensemble Cannamella)

  • Lots of pieces from the medieval period through the Renaissance to the 17th century
  • Descriptions of Renaissance dances
  • An introduction to the sopranino shawm and fingerings chart


Recital lectures

The history of the oboe, recorder and shawm

Duration: 75 minutes

What is an oboe da caccia? What does an alto shawm sound like? Which kind of dances were played on a french flageolet? Can the sweet sound of a bass recorder enchant you?


This and much more you will discover during this most varied presentation about the history, the construction and the use of historical wind instruments. Aline Hopchet brings along her collection of instruments and will show her shawms, bombards, oboes, crumhorns, dulcians and all kinds of flutes. A pleasing discovery, alternated with mediaeval troubadour music, Renaissance tunes, Baroque gems and jolly ballroom and drawing-room music from the 19th Century.

Musical stories

Duration: 2 to 3 musical intermezzos of about 20 minutes each or possibly a full evening programme.

Two musical centipedes join their forces and take you on a discovery trip to strange instruments and enchanting music of past and present. Young and old, music aficionados or absolute laymen: there is something for everybody to grasp in this utterly diverse programme wherein musical frivolity is alternated with expert explanations and interaction with the audience.



recorders, Baroque oboe, Renaissance double-reed instruments, singing and flageolet

WILLEM CEULEERS: compositions, harpsichord, chalumeau, clarinet, singing and recorder


Guided tours

MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

2, rue Montagne de la Cour