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Ornamentation
It will not be possible in a book like this to deal at great length with the subject of ornamentation in recorder playing. However, a few guiding principles can be given to help in playing the commonest forms of ornamentation to be found in printed recorder music.
Ornaments are not always shown in original old versions of music since the player was expected to supply his own. It was not intended that these should be so numerous as to spoil and obscure the melodic line of the music. In much modern edited music, suitable ornaments are indicated.
In old music up to the early nineteenth century trills began on the note above that on which the trill was written; in modem music the order is reversed. For most trills, normal fingering
can be used, as in example 36. A good general rale in working out the fingerings of trills is to move as few fingers as possible to produce the desired effect. The more fingers that have to be used, the untidier the effect. Hence it sometimes becomes necessary to use special finger-
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