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The Descant (2)
Sometimes notes are joined by a 'slur' sign as in examples 7, 10 and 11.
This means that the notes are not tongued separately, but only the first note of the group is tongued. These exercises should be played carefully since practice is the only way to overcome the difficulties of slurred notes. When the exercises are played pro­perly no extraneous sounds should be heard and this will be very difficult to achieve. It should now be possible to play the tune in example 12 which includes both F# and C#.
When difficult slurred notes are encountered it is always tempting to tongue each note separately. This should always be avoided, for it is only perseverance and practice over a long time which makes it possible to slur difficult combinations of notes neatly. It is a good idea to practise the groups of slurred notes before beginning to play a tune.
All great musicians practise their instruments for hours every day. Though the amateur musician may find this diffi­cult to do, nevertheless, anyone who wants to improve his playing so that it becomes pleasing to the ear will have to de­vote some part of every day to practice. Parents and teachers would do well to remember that this also applies to children.
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