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Thread #52856   Message #812338
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
27-Oct-02 - 07:32 AM
Thread Name: Problem: practice whistle-flute quietly
Subject: RE: Problem: practice whistle-flute quietly
I practice the recorder silently by tongueing the fipple without actually blowing. The small amount of pressure built up is enough to give the ghost of the note, but not sound it.

Tongueing is the act of stopping the hole with the tongue, then releasing and stopping again whilst blowing, giving a staccato note. The fipple is the bit with the mouthpiece and the soundhole in it, professionally known as 'the plastic bit on the end'.

Good luck, and don't give up.