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The Descant (2)
Tunes and exercises throughout this book should frequently be revised, for they have been specially chosen to help in over­coming difficulties.
To avoid disturbing other people when practising, a recorder can easily be muted. Cut a piece of cardboard about one and a half inches long and slightly narrower than the width of the fipple; bend this at right angles about a quarter of an inch from one end and hook it over the fipple with the short end protrud­ing into the recorder and the long end lying along the fipple. In this way the recorder can be practised almost without mak­ing a sound. If the cardboard is cut a little narrower still, a quiet sound will be produced which should not be disturbing to anyone in an adjoining room. But too much of this muted practice should not be done as it is important that the player
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