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The Descant (2)
should be familiar with the various gradations of sound which it is possible to produce on his instrument.
We next learn the fingerings for lower and upper G #. The similarity between the two fingerings should again be observed as this is an aid to memory; these are shown in example 13.
After the recorder has been practised daily for some months, there comes the stage when it is no longer necessary to ponder over the fingerings of the various notes. As soon as a note is seen in print, the appropriate fingers seem to drop automati­cally into position. When this stage is reached, but not before, the player can begin to regard himself as acquiring skill.
The tune in example 14, a Minuet by Henry Purcell,
14. Minuet
Henry Purcell
introduces G#. If a mistake has been made when practising a tune, this should be corrected immediately, otherwise it will be found that the mistake becomes part of the tune and very difficult to eradicate.
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