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The Instruments
become dry because the instrument is not being played often enough. The remedy for this is obvious.
The recorder is an instrument which at first sight appears simple to play. It is possible after a few weeks' diligent practice for a beginner to play the easier folk times tolerably well. It is this fact which has created the impression, quite a false one, that the instrument is easy to learn. This is one of the dangers of the mass introduction of the instrument into school music. The belief has unfortunately become widespread that the recorder is the simplest of all instruments, suitable even for the infant school.
This is not to deny that the recorder is of inestimable value in helping children with their music, but it would be a pity if the belief were to gain ground that the recorder is an instru­ment fit only for children.
The simplicity of the instrument is more apparent than real and after the stage of being able to play simple tunes has been passed, further skill in playing the instrument becomes ex-asperatingly difficult to acquire. After this stage, as with any other musical instrument, there is the need for regular, pro­longed and serious practice if there is to be any advance in skill in playing the instrument. The sooner this fact Is understood by everyone, the greater the progress that will be made in the modern revival of recorder playing.
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