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The descant (2)
The recorder, unlike the trumpet or the saxophone, is a gentle instrument and it must again be emphasized that it does not need hard blowing. This is particularly true of the lower notes of the instrument. Failure to blow more softly on the lower notes produces a harsh quality of tone, unfitting to be heard from the recorder.
The exercise in example 6 will help to illustrate this point, for if the notes are played properly it will be observed that the
6. Octave Exercise
low notes are best played softly whilst the higher notes will need just a litde harder wind pressure to produce them. The exercise should be played slowly at first, and the speed gradually increased.
In playing the exercise, the similarity already pointed out between the fingerings of upper and lower E, upper and lower F, upper and lower G, and upper and lower A should be noted. The little finger of the right hand should be used when playing lower F, otherwise the note will not be in tune. In the early stages of learning the notes, the fingerings should be
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