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ELEVEN
Consort Playing
Since a number of people are now playing the recorder reason­ably well, it is fairly easy for recorder players to get in touch with other like-minded enthusiasts for ensemble playing, or, as it is often called, playing in consort. Before ensemble playing begins, the players should warm up their instruments by blowing gendy through them without sounding them; this can be silently and effectively done while placing the hand over the window opening. Alternatively, the instrument can be warmed by placing the head part of it under the armpit or in a pocket well beforehand. This warming process is necessary because a recorder is at its correct pitch only when warm.
If, after warming the instruments, it is found that an instru­ment is sharp, this can be flattened slightly by pulling out the head joint. This lengthens the tube of the recorder and so lowers the pitch. It is not possible to raise the pitch of a recorder very much, though increasing the breath pressure will do it slightly. The best of wind instruments can have their minor defects and the player must gradually get to know his own instruments. But if he learns to think in tune he will pky in tune.
Even when all the members of a group of players possess recorders made by the same maker and perfectly in tune with each other, it is still possible for the group to be out of tune if
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