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The Descant (3)
The charm of good recorder playing is partly responsible for the great and growing popular interest in the instrument today. Unfortunately, not all who possess a recorder and blow it are able to play it well. Only by treating the instrument as one which won the admiration of great composers of the past and practising it intelligently is it possible to become skilled on the instrument.
Recorders sound awful if they are badly played; but this is no peculiarity of recorders. It is true of violins, pianos, trumpets and all other musical instruments. Everybody knows that the latter instruments can be made to produce lovely music, but many people base their judgement of the recorder on what children are able to do on the instrument, which is often not very much when judged by high standards. This is to form an unfair opinion of the possibilities of the instrument. Just as modem orchestral instruments sound well if well played, so does the recorder.
A new note to learn is Bb?. This is sometimes found difficult to finger, especially when slurred with other notes. In addition to the finger and thumb used for playing Bbj, two other fingers, have to be used, one on each hand. This, somehow or other, makes it rather difficult to play.
In practising the exercise in example 15 therefore, do not